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Violin Sonatas
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco / Ildebrando Pizzetti
Hagai Shaham / Arnon Erez

Violin Sonatas

CD | Hyperion | 0034571178691 | CDA 67869 | 06-14

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About the album

Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez continue their exploration of the early twentieth-century violin repertoire, turning this time to Italy. These musicians are noted for their full-blooded performances: here they revel exuberantly in the music’s operatic passion.

Pizzetti was at the height of his fame at a time when Italian music was all the rage; his pupil Castelnuovo-Tedesco eventually fled Italian anti-semitism to embark on a successful career in Hollywood.
Pizzetti’s Violin Sonata in A major was described by the late John C G Waterhouse, Britain’s leading authority on twentieth-century Italian music, as ‘much the most impressive sonata for violin and piano that has ever been written by an Italian’. His Tre canti were written in 1924, originally for cello and piano, then transcribed by the composer for violin.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op 56, was composed in 1929, with a dedication to the Hungarian violinist Adila Fachiri (also the dedicatee of Bartók’s two violin sonatas). The Tre vocalizzi were originally written in 1928 as vocalises for wordless voice and piano. They were subsequently arranged for violin and piano by Mario Corti, who saw the potential in these pieces for transcriptions that used violin techniques to imaginative effect, with extensive use of double-stopping and harmonics, as well as a greatly expanded compass, using octave transpositions to exploit the instrument’s entire range.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Violin Sonata in A Major
      I. Tempestoso
       
      11:21
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 2
      Violin Sonata in A Major
      II. Preghiera per gl'innocenti: Molto largo
       
      09:31
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 3
      Violin Sonata in A Major
      III. Vivo e fresco
       
      09:07
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 4
      Tre canti:
      I. Affettuoso
       
      04:12
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 5
      Tre canti
      II. Quasi grave e commosso
       
      03:52
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 6
      Tre canti
      III. Appassionato
       
      04:04
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 7
      Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 56
      I. Prologo: Moderato e pensoso
       
      06:40
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 8
      Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 56
      II. Intermezzo: Vivace e danzante
       
      03:54
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 9
      Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 56
      III. Epilogo: Calmo
       
      07:08
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 10
      Tre vocalizzi, Op. 55
      I. Andantino (Pan ed Eco)
       
      03:10
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 11
      Tre vocalizzi, Op. 55
      II. Molto calmo e malinconico (Come una nenia marinaresca)
       
      03:13
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
    • 12
      Tre vocalizzi, Op. 55
      III. Tempo di Fox Trot: Ironico e tagliente (American Music)
       
      02:20
      Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti
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