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Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Casella: Toccata for piano & orch.; Paganini Rhapsody; Partita for piano & orch.

Anton Nanut , Alfredo Casella , Sergey Rachmaninov , Ottorino Respighi Audio CD
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  • Performer: Anton Nanut, Alfredo Casella, Sergey Rachmaninov, Ottorino Respighi
  • Audio CD (January 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phoenix USA
  • ASIN: B000026192
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Toccata for Piano and Orchestra-Respighi
2. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini-Rachmaninoff
3. Partita for Piano and orchestra-Casella

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Pierce and Nanut work together like a team of well-trained thoroughbreds. Highly recommended. -- Paul A. Snook Fanfare Magazine

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At twenty-one minutes Respighi's Toccata for Piano and Orchestra is really more of an extended concert piece, which opens in a chaconnelike frame of mind with some heavy, massive chords and solemn voicings, then segues into a lyrically musing Andante before the somewhat belligerent "toccata" proper takes charge.Though Casella wrote numerous concertos, somehow he never got around to an actual piano concerto, and this "partita"-in which the soloist and his accompanists interface in a more collaborational than oppositional spirit-lives up to the historical and formal associations of the genre in the reach and rigor of its ideas and their elaboration. Not at all the expected neoclassical romp in brittle, tinkling "concertina" style, its three movements (Sinfonia-Passacaglia-Burlesca), with their spiky, driving, polytonal modalism and allusions to Italian folk tunes, show Casella's forceful fluency in its strongest light: in fact, this may be among the best of the composer's many essays in the concertante idiom.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Rhapsody August 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The CD contains the following pieces:

Ottorino Respighi - Toccata for Piano & Orchestra 21:23 mins

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 21:18 mins

Alfredo Casella - Partita for Piano & Orchestra 29:07 mins

I will concentrate my review on the Paganini section of the album (because that's the reason I bought it)
This contains a medley of pieces from Paganini's "24 Caprices", with the piano & orchestra replacing the solo violin.
Rachmaninoff uses "No 24 in A minor" (it was used as the theme tune to the UK art's show, "The South Back Show") as a connecting piece that he returns to throughout the medley, much in the same way The Who uses "See me, Feel Me" throughout Tommy (It's classed as an opera so pack you moaning!).
The work starts off with pretty much a solo piano, then slowly builds to the entire orchestra banging away.
It's a great interpretation of the "Pag-Mans" work, but I still prefer to here it on violin, maybe this is because you can hear the human tough with this particular instrument, or maybe because I like guitar based music, I have a closer connection with the violin.
The Casella piece has a great soundtrack feel to it, almost Sci-Fi (I know all you Classic buffs are going to be pulling your hair out at such a un-articulate description, but I'm afraid that's how my brain works!)

Still can't complain, it only cost a couple of quid!
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