I. Allegro Energico, Ma Non Troppo (Heftig, Aber Markig) - Mahler*, Bernstein*, New York Philharmoni
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Verdi assembled his Quattro pezzi sacri in somewhat random order, basing his inspiration upon his fondness for sacred texts of the Catholic Church. Cantelli controls the dazzling array of textures and ringing colors with crisp authority. The passing, jarring dissonances and leaps of the first two sections find relief in the sweet harmonies of the last, hymn-like section. Contralto Martha Lipton intones her solo part effectively, and the performance as a whole bears up against more famous versions from Kathleen Ferrier, Marian Anderson, and Mildred Miller.
Set in modes of D Major, the piece finds its unity by maintaining a cantus firmus even in the midst of complicated counterpoint. The plainchant emerges in long notes while soli and instruments realize faster notes around it. Thus, Monteverdi manages a conflict of styles while simultaneously reconciling their differences. At times, the music attains an archaic, stoic, intimate beauty.
The colossal blend of voices, organ, and strings quite wakes up the ear and enlarges our musical imagination. Rudolf Firkusny joins Mr. In the poised, lyrical sections that rise between the severe, tumultuously momentous periods, Cantelli achieves a reserved intimacy, for sheer contrast. Firkusny quite explodes into the development, his trills ringing and octaves thundering. The Adagio movement, often cited as a requiem for Robert Schumann, proceeds by graduated nuances to a passionate climax and a sincere, intimate dissipation Ma Non Troppo (Heftig textures, until an airy, nostalgic haze lingers in the air.
The energetic Rondo enjoys its moments of contrapuntal learning and even lyricism. I. Allegro Energico French I. Allegro Energico of James Chambers makes its presence felt. Firkusny seems more inflamed at each repetition of the rondo theme, exerting more force than he does in his commercial recording with Steinberg in Pittsburgh. Cantelli elicits a warm, sweeping Aber Markig) - Mahler* from the Philharmonic strings and woodwinds.
Paul Hindemith submitted his Concert Music for Strings and Brass as part of a series of tributes to the Boston Symphony—celebrating its 50 th anniversary—and its conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Cantelli relishes a homogeneity of sound that impresses us first and last.
The second movement opens with a brisk fugato held in check by a clear, linear sense Do Nishaniyan - Various - Jhootha Hi Sahi Bernstein*. The brass challenge the strings for dominance, and they often win.
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