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Music By Nicolas Flagello: Violin Concerto; Symphonic Aria; Mirra (Interlude and Dance); The Sisters (Interludio); The Rainy Day; The Brook; Ruth's Aria; Canto; Polo I and II


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  • Performer: Elmar Oliveira, Susan Gonzalez
  • Orchestra: National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  • Conductor: John McLaughlin Williams
  • Composer: Flagello
  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artek
  • ASIN: B000NOIWUS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphonic Aria, for orchestra
2. Interlude and Dance from Mirra, for orchestra: Interlude
3. Interlude and Dance from Mirra, for orchestra: Dance
4. The Sisters, opera in 2 scenes: Interludio
5. Violin Concerto: Allegro giusto
6. Violin Concerto: Andante con moto
7. Violin Concerto: Allegro comodo
8. The Rainy Day, for voice & orchestra
9. The Brook, for voice & orchestra
10. Beyond the Horizon, opera: Act 3. Ruth's Aria
11. Canto, for voice & orchestra
12. Polo 1, for voice & orchestra
13. Polo 2, for voice & orchestra

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The music of Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) has been having something of a renaissance in recent years after many years of shameful neglect. He is a member of that group of American Romantics that includes such composers as Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti and was a master of lyricism, expressive emotional content and form. This disc of orchestral music (including six orchestral songs) contains convincing exemplars of his abilities. It is largely thanks to musicologist Walter Simmons, an expert on the music of Flagello and the producer of this disc, that this recording came about. Simmons supplied the very helpful booklet notes. The National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, a veteran of recordings of twentieth century American orchestral music, is conducted sensitively by John McLaughlin Williams, a specialist in Romantic American music. The music is presented in roughly chronological order of their composition from the 1951 'Symphonic Aria' to the two arias 'Polo I and II' from 1979 and 1980.

The big piece here is Flagello's Violin Concerto, played by Elmar Oliveira who had recorded the composer's 'Credendum' on an earlier disc. Written in 1956 but because there seemed to be no interest in it, it was never orchestrated. The Flagello estate asked composer/editor Anthony Sbordoni to orchestrate it and he has done a masterful job. The concerto is in the usual three movements. I is based primarily on a minor key theme introduced initially by lightly accompanied violin; its dominating interval is a falling fourth. Oliveira plays the movement's fearsomely difficult cadenza with aplomb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Bertonneau on November 25, 2007
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Violinist Elmar Oliveira has taken up the case for the music of Nicolas Flagello (1928 - 1994), an American master whose work fell afoul of snobbish critical disapproval in the last two decades of his life; a lack of performances - and the paucity of recordings - prevented Flagello from developing an audience, which his accessible, dramatic, tuneful music undoubtedly would have done for him given greater exposure. The same story applies to a number of compositional conservatives of the mid-Twentieth Century American tradition, such as Paul Creston and Vittorio Giannini. Writer and musicologist Walter Simmons has given an in-depth vindication of Flagello, Creston, Giannini, and others in his recent Voices in the Wilderness (still available from Amazon.com), which I recommend. The item at hand, however, is the Artek CD-program, featuring Flagello's Violin Concerto (1956) and eight other shorter works, of which Simmons is the producer. Flagello wrote two symphonies, so-called, of which the first is the most impressive; his concerted scores tend also to be "symphonic" in conception, most notably in the late Concerto Sinfonico (1968) for Saxophone quartet and orchestra. It was the British composer Robert Simpson, I believe, who defined symphonic style (in so many words) as the large-scale integration of harmony, melody, rhythm, and color in an orchestral score such that, from the first bar, listeners have a sense of traveling with a purpose - with a destination before them that can be no other. Simpson's definition applies to Flagello and more particularly it applies to the Violin Concerto, set forth in the classical pattern of three movements, fast, slow, and fast. But even the middle-movement Andante is designated "con moto." The surrounding movements are "Allegro Giusto" and "Allegro Comodo.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scholarboy on September 17, 2012
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I hear echoes of Puccini, Hanson and Barber. So, did Nicolas Flagello have a completely "authentic" voice? Well, perhaps not-but who cares when music like this is so emotionally satisfying, as well as well-constructed. The mid-twentieth century ideological constraints of serialism, atonality and dissonance are nowhere to be found. Flagello's music is late romanticism but tinged with some unique harmonic and chordal structures that make it evocative and distinctive. That's not to say I am going to throw out my Schoenberg, Sessions or Elliot Carter, but this is very wonderful music. The recording is quite atmospheric, and the orchestra, conductor, and soloists are very committed.
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By bayou ben on August 31, 2014
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beautiful interludes two from his operas. Outstanding music.
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