Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Tudor 7188


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Gian Francesco MALIPIERO (1883-1973)
The Symphonies - Volume 5
Sinfonia dello zodiaco (1951) [42:17]
Symphony No.9 ‘dell’ahimè’ (1966) [15:46]
Symphony No.10 ‘Atropo’ (1967) [13:20]
Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Antonio de Almeida
rec. February 1993, Mosfilm Studio, Moscow
NAXOS 8.570882 [71:23]

Experience Classicsonline



This is the fifth and last volume of the Marco Polo Malipiero symphonic cycle to migrate to Naxos. The relevant disc number was Marco Polo 8.223697. It was recorded in Moscow in 1993 and presents the superstitiously unnumbered Sinfonia dello zodiaco of 1951 and the Ninth and Tenth which followed in 1967-68.

The Sinfonia dello zodiaco has a very unusual shape. It’s divided into four Partitas, each seasonal (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) which are themselves subdivided into three movements, making twelve movements in total. This ‘Four Seasons’ schema has a smattering of Beethovenian pastoralism and a heap of neo-classical authority. Winds are springy, and the finale of the Spring movement sports a deliciously and lightly orchestrated string/wind dialogue. The opening of Autumn oscillates between lissom lightness and strong, sinewy athleticism, but staunch march themes are never far away either. You can sample one such in the finale of this Partita, one that ends, in a very Malipiero way, definitely ‘in the air’ – the composer being perhaps over-fond of this disjunctive, irresolute procedure. Some of the wind writing is definably French – try that enshrined in the opening of Winter. It ends in an agitato movement, string and brass-led, rather brusque, and once again ending in irresolution.

The Ninth Symphony is cast, by contrast, in three compact movements lasting roughly a quarter of an hour, unlike the earlier symphony which lasted forty-two minutes in this Moscow performance. There is a piano in the orchestral patina, but there’s also a sense of terse concision too, an unswerving, almost declamatory directness. The sense of urgency increases as the work develops; the orchestration is precise, no-nonsense, with no extraneous colours. This symphony too ends with a trademark question mark. The Tenth sports a subtitle that refers to one of the Fates in Classical Mythology, Atropo, one who cuts the thread of life. The work was dedicated to the memory of the conductor Hermann Scherchen, a good friend of the composer, who collapsed and died just after having conducted Malipiero’s L’Ofreide. It’s a disquieting work of strange conjunctions and disjunctions and terse to the point of brooding intensity.

The late Antonio de Almeida directed the performances here a few years before his death in 1997. Their directness and control are impressive. The symphonies are rather heterogeneous, and make for contrastive listening; the long 1951 work followed by the terse works from the mid 1960s.

Jonathan Woolf


See also review by Mark Sealey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.