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The revelatory Naxos Casella series continues with two powerful works that grew from the tragedy of two World Wars. Searingly dissonant and 'profoundly human', the Elegia eroica is Casella' memorial to Italian soldiers killed in World War I. His Third Sy

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listen  1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 63: I. Allegro mossoRome Symphony Orchestra11:26Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 63: II. Andante molto moderato quasi adagioRome Symphony Orchestra12:24Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 63: III. ScherzoRome Symphony Orchestra 7:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 63: IV. Rondo Finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animatoRome Symphony Orchestra13:55Album Only
listen  5. Elegia eroica, Op. 29Rome Symphony Orchestra16:31Album Only

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B004YJZ8CI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Wilks on July 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
With this CD, the Naxos company continues its praiseworthy exploration of composers either long-forgotten or unjustly neglected. Those who have purchased Casella's First and Second Symphonies in this series may be jolted by the seemingly abrupt change in his compositional style that occurred between his second and third symphonies. The latter, as well as his "Elegia eroica" are aptly described thus by Naxos: "[These] two powerful works grew from the tragedy of two World Wars. Searingly dissonant and 'profoundly human', the Elegia eroica (Heroic Elegy) [Op. 29, composed in 1916] is Casella's memorial to Italian soldiers killed in World War I. His Third Symphony [Op. 63, composed 1939-1940] ... assimilates the influences and experiences of a lifetime into an exhilaratingly melodic, emotionally wide-ranging and truly organic whole."
Since I'm a dyed-in-the-wool lover of Romantic-era music, these works are too modern and too dissonant for my taste, but this should certainly not deter either devotees of Casella's music or those who like post-Romantic works. The Rome Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francesco La Vecchia, performs splendidly and the recording quality is excellent.
Ted Wilks
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AndrewCF on August 17, 2011
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Alfredo Casella: Sinfonia per Orchestra, Op. 63; Italia, Op. 11Expressionismus: Expressionism in Music
It troubles me that Italy's finest 20th Century composer, Alfredo Casella, still receives distain from some critical circles. No doubt, his documented admiration for Mussolini and his adherence to Fascist dogma has not warmed him to some musical hearts. But the composer's advocacy to such heinous beliefs is by no means clear cut. His second wife was Jewish and he counted Castelnuovo-Tedesco among his friends. In a world which has embraced Wagner despite his blatant anti-Semitism the neglect of Casella does not seem justified. But certainly those unsavory believes may have had some residual effects on such prominent composers such as D'Indy, Pfitzner, and Von Schillings. Nevertheless, Casella's credentials are impeccable: he attended Faure's composition classes with Ravel and Koechlin. In Paris, his circle of friends included Stravinsky and Enescu, and he was highly influenced at one point in his career by Mahler and Richard Strauss.

Recently we have received the gift of two fine recordings of Casella's Sinfonia per orchestra (Symphony No. 3). The first, conducted by Alun Fracis with the WDR Koln on CPO, is a triumph and is the finer of the two recordings, but not by a wide margin. The newer recording, conducted by Francesco LaVecchia with the Rome Symphony Orchestra on Naxos, is hardly an also-ran; in fact, I'd consider it the finest of the Naxos cycle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Hutchins on February 24, 2012
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What rat has been hiding this Symphony from us!

This is an amazing work. In a phrase - there is not a dull phrase in it.

This is a four-movement Symphony, finished in 1940. As suggested in the liner notes and in other reviews, the 2nd movement will necessarily remind one of Mahler, and the 3rd, of Shostakovich. This is far from a bad thing, and there is so much more in these two movements as well.

The fourth movement reminds me of - well - of a movie score. Probably music for heroic actions scenes. Yet it could not have been a score, as it would have co-opted anything on the screen. Donald Grout once reminded one of his classes (regarding music of Poulenc - Dialogues...) about the direction of influence in such perceived case. That a movie score of say 1970 might be influenced by a concert score of say 1940 speaks well of composers for the films, as it likely does as well, for increased sophistication of movie watchers (at least in terms of music).

I have not mentioned the first movement yet. You really should just listen to it I think. Knowing nothing (or virtually nothing) of Casella's music, I was somewhat in the position of not knowing what I had - like tuning into a broadcast mid-work. To my surprise, this sounded to me: American. First of Piston, and then perhaps of Mennin, or Rorem. I thought this guy was Italian. Was I wrong? This is a Naxos release, so I turned the case over expecting to see the American Flag up in the corner. Nope. But in searching the notes, he did write it FOR the Chicago SO. And somewhere it says he was the conductor of the Boston Pops before Fiedler. Was it: when in Rome, do as the Americans do?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allen Cohen on September 14, 2011
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In the first half of the 20th century Alfredo Casella, along with Gian-Francesco Malipiero, was pivotal in reviving the Italian orchestral tradition, specifically its symphonic component. In a recent conversation, James McHard, eminent musicologist and author of the engrossing, thought provoking survey, "The Future of Modern Music" observed that "Casella was the penultimate neo-classicist. His influences can be traced back to Mahler and even ultimately back to Mozart, and even earlier. Casella derives every ounce of power out of his magnificent classical structures. This is vividly communicated in his unjustly neglected 3rd symphony of 1939." Now collectors can savor this masterwork in a superb new Naxos release. Conductor, Francesco La Vecchia once again leads the Rome Symphony Orchestra as he did with previous volumes. Conception and realization are topnotch. Engineering is transparent and dynamic. Packaging and liner notes are of the highest caliber. As a bonus the searing Elegia Eroica of 1916 tops off the latest installment in this important series.
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