Casella: Notte Di Maggio/ Cello Concerto/ Scarlattiana (Andrea Noferini/ Francesco La Vecchia/ Sun Hee You) (Naxos: 8.572416)
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From mysterious moonlit night to joyous sunlit day, this recording runs the gamut of Alfredo Casella's huge stylistic range. Notte di maggio ('A Night in May'), composed in the wake of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, is Casella at his most radical, while the delightful 'Divertimento' Scarlattiana finds him at his most relaxed, spicing up themes from Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas - in the manner of Stravinsky's Pulcinella. Between them comes Casella's Cello Concerto, its style influenced by the 'baroque magnificence of Rome', with a finale the composer called 'the flight of the improved bumblebee'.
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