Monday, April 10, 2017

Malipiero, Gian Francesco. (1883-1973) Orchestral Works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2011.
First listen: 17-2-2011.
Second listen: 22-2-2011.
Third listen: 10-4-2017.
Label: Naxos. (Previously released on Marco Polo)
Recording dates: September 1997.
Recording venue: Auditorio della RSI, Lugano, Switzerland.
Recording engineer: Jürg Jecklin.
Running time: 58:02.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphonic fragments from Tre Commedie Goldoniana (1925)
Stradivario for Orchestra. (1947-48) Ballet in one act.
La Cimarosiana for Orchestra. (1921)
Gabrieliana for Orchestra (1971)

Performed by:
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Christian Benda.

Malipiero was a self taught composer, as eccentric in his personal as in his musical life. A life filled with contradictions. A colourful man who made strange decisions in life, and did things he better could not have done. A slave of his emotions, and rash in his decisions. But that made him as a composer, one huge colourful canvas. You can contemplate it without getting bored, surprised at all the angles as a composer he reached, and admire how he worked out all his music in such an creative way. There are works I like more as others, but as a whole I like all his music. The pieces on this CD especially for it's a kaleidoscope of all he did and can do with a given theme. The booklet explains the reasoning behind it all, and it would go too far to scribble that in this review. Google has a lot to say too about him and that's the way one should go in learning about him. 
Music through all ages I would call it, brilliantly scored, tonal, rich in melodies, and beautiful harmonies, and thoroughly enjoyable. As a human being he is worth your interest too. 
There is a book written about him by John C.G. Waterhouse, so maybe it's time to find that book.
The performance by this excellent orchestra is top notch, as is the recording. A good front to back stage, plenty in details, and air around the orchestra. Makes it a pleasant ambient.




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