Lush romantic and gorging tunes predominate Pizzetti's music and it occasionally
reminded me of Zemlinsky rather than Respighi who is the more obvious comparison.
These are exceptionally well prepared performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra and Osmo Vanska is the ideal exponent with some brazenly figured
conducting rather in the manner of his exceptional Sibelius cycle for BIS.
The symphonic poem, 'Rondo Veneziano' is full of colour and panache
and this is indeed a well-drilled performance throughout. I enjoyed the dreamy,
heady lush scoring especially in the almost orgiastic closing pages of the
score. The same goes for 'Preludio a un altro giorno', full of subtle
orchestral effects and magnificent colour. I was also greatly impressed by
the Tre Preludi Sinfonici, here Pizzetti's debt to Respighi's
'Trittico Botticelliano' is altogether more in evidence. The tempi
chosen for the second and third preludes indicate the intense passion that
the composer lends to these pieces, Con impeto and Con molta
impressione di dolore are indeed strange but highly evocative!
The five-movement suite, 'La Pisanella' also contains much wondrous
music especially in the harrowing 'Au Chateau de la Reine sans merci'
and the orgiastically exploding 'La danse de l'Amour et de la Mort
parfumee', once again similar to Respighi's bacchanalian 'Feste
Romane'. Hyperion's recording is lush and rich in textures with particular
prominence given to the bass end of the spectrum. The music struck me as
terrifically vivid and imaginative and I felt that this issue could signify
some sort of revival into Pizzetti's orchestral music rather in the mould
of that spate of Chandos releases which so changed the spectrum of appreciation
for Ottorino Respighi. I will be re-visiting this disc often especially that
imaginative and dreamy 'Rondo'.