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Rota: Clarinet Sonata; Clarinet Trio; Improvviso; Toccata; Fantasia


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Although he is best known for his film scores and The Godfatherin particular, Nino Rota's concert
music combines traditional tonality and forms with characteristically heartfelt melodies and appealing
clarity. Contrasts abound in this selection of chamber works, from bassoon buffoonery in the Toccatato
the Brahmsian eloquence of the Clarinet Sonata, and from the dramatic Improvviso and melancholy
moods of the recently discovered Fantasia, to the jocular instrumental exchanges in the exquisite Trio .

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The composer for the film score of 'The Godfather', will be the epitaph for Nino Rota, though he spent much of his life writing an abundance of concert music. On his own admission it would have taken ten years to sort out his manuscripts discovered on his death, and only recently has the Piano Fantasia come to light. Born in 1911 with music in his ancestry, an oratorio written at the age of 12 received much acclaimed performances in Milan and Rome. He was later to study in Rome and at the Curtis Institute in the United States, and was subsequently highly regarded as a composer. Yet in those years when he began writing film scores, the classical music establishment lost interest in him, as they did with so many others who followed that path. Stylistically he did not take music much past the lyrical composers of the early 20th century, and he had no liking for atonal music. He wrote in many modes, his incredibly funny opera, The Italian Straw Hat, my own favourite among his works. The earliest piece on the disc, the Clarinet Sonata, dates from 1945, its musical feet very much in the world of Brahms, the piano being as important as the clarinet. From the same time the Fantasia for solo piano moves its inspiration to Chopin seen through the eyes of Liszt, both works having more than a hint of the sadness the world had just experienced. Following a very short virtuoso Improvviso for a Violin and Piano, we move to the 1970's for the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano... At times quirky and humorous, Rota has devised a score of equal importance for each instrument, the finale a madcap chase. The performances come from Canadian based soloists, notably the outstanding Yugoslav-born clarinettist, Goran Gojevic. Pleasing music well recorded. --David's Review Corner, David Denton
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