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Caryatid (1911) by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67869
Recording details: June 2010
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Produced by Eric Wen
Engineered by Zvi Hirshler
Release date: May 2014
Total duration: 12 minutes 8 seconds

'You understand exactly why Pizzetti was deemed so important when you hear his Sonata in A (1919): one of the great works in the form and an austere meditation on the first world war, that uses plainchant-inflected themes in a demand for spiritual continuity in the aftermath of political trauma. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's 'Sonata quasi una fantasia' (1929) is an eclectic, sexy mix of impressionism and jazz. The Pizzetti demands something other than beauty in performance, and Shaham and Erez are uncompromising and abrasive with it. The Castelnuovo-Tedesco sounds gorgeous from start to finish' (The Guardian) » More

Tre canti
1924; for cello and piano; transcribed for violin and piano by the composer

Affettuoso  [4'12]
Appassionato  [4'04]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Pizzetti’s Tre canti were written in 1924, originally for cello and piano, then transcribed by the composer for violin. This is much less ambitious music, conceived on a smaller scale and at a lower emotional temperature than the Violin Sonata, but exuding considerable charm in the first two pieces, and becoming more dramatic in the third.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2014

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