Author Topic: Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)  (Read 1309 times)

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:07:49 AM »
Just discovering this composer and especially like his Violin Concerto No 2 'Prophets', rather in the Bloch, Ben-Hur type mould, with its Old Testament inspiration. The composer was of a Jewish/Italian background and fled to the USA in the face of fascist anti-semitic policies. The concerto is moving, exciting and memorable. The CD below is terrific as it also features the most moving version I know of Ottorino Respighi's 'Concerto Gregoriano', perhaps my favourite work by Respighi and I have several recordings:

I have also enjoyed the catchy Second Piano concerto, which tends to get poorly reviewed:

« Last Edit: April 21, 2014, 09:09:40 AM by vandermolen »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).