Dallapiccola's music on the Modern Times recording is something of a new find (and a great one at that) for me.
He has so often been described as a 12-tone composer who influenced the same sort of people who were attracted to Berg. I really like the sound world of Variations. The Three Questions and Two Answers is a dreamy sort of work that, to me, sounds the most like the 2nd Vieneese school. Partita is pretty much everything I could ask for from a work of the era. I hve read that LD was a close friend of Roger Sessions and one of the latter's favorite living composers--I can see why. What other works should i seek out. I love the way Dallapiccola uses line and phrasing in the italian manner in both the earlier works and the 12-tone (which sound like he doesn't always use the full aggragate...all the better).
Great to read you're enjoying Dallapiccola
! Wonderful composer indeed... I don't know that Steffens
CD, but the prgramming is excellent, and the same forces' CD of Ginastera
works is fantastic.
As for further works to explore, may I suggest the following:Canti di prigionia
and Due Cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti il giovaneCanti de liberazione
(a personal favourite of mine)
And the quite wonderful opera Il Prigioniero
Unfortunatly, the frsrt two CDs I mention are long OOP