Italian Vacation

Atopos Survey 2. / EA Bucket 19. / Italian Vacation 12.

Curran’s Endangered Species is likely to be one of the best CDs I will have heard all year, and it’s on a favorite new label.

Atopos Survey 2. / EA Bucket 19. / Italian Vacation 12.

Curran’s Endangered Species is likely to be one of the best CDs I will have heard all year, and it’s on a favorite new label.

Atopos Survey 1. / Italian Vacation 11. / Piano Factory 12.

Although Atopos has been around for over a decade, I’ve only just discovered them. The emphasis is of course Italian, the sensibility suggesting various late-20th century Italians taking cues from European (Darmstadt) and American (Cage, Feldman, et al.) trends.

Atopos Survey 1. / Italian Vacation 11. / Piano Factory 12.

Although Atopos has been around for over a decade, I’ve only just discovered them. The emphasis is of course Italian, the sensibility suggesting various late-20th century Italians taking cues from European (Darmstadt) and American (Cage, Feldman, et al.) trends.

Italian Vacation 10: Recent Sciarrino on Kairos

Taking advantage of the quartet’s ability to execute microtones and glissandos, longer pitches quiver and slide like entreating vowels. These pleading lines are often prefixed or suffixed for pungency with a jumping interval.

Italian Vacation 10: Recent Sciarrino on Kairos

Taking advantage of the quartet’s ability to execute microtones and glissandos, longer pitches quiver and slide like entreating vowels. These pleading lines are often prefixed or suffixed for pungency with a jumping interval.

Italian Vacation 9.

Just what is it about Romitelli? I’ve circled through this disc many times and have deepened my understanding of Romitelli’s music.

Italian Vacation 9.

Just what is it about Romitelli? I’ve circled through this disc many times and have deepened my understanding of Romitelli’s music.

Mostly Symphonies 13. / Italian Vacation 8.

Well before Rota hit his stride as film scorer, he wrote two symphonies in the late 1930s, sparkling quasi-Romantic works in traditional four-movement design.

Mostly Symphonies 13. / Italian Vacation 8.

Well before Rota hit his stride as film scorer, he wrote two symphonies in the late 1930s, sparkling quasi-Romantic works in traditional four-movement design.

Italian Vacation 7.

Some Clementi pieces slow the pulse and compel contemplation. Others fly by like white-water rapids.

Italian Vacation 7.

Some Clementi pieces slow the pulse and compel contemplation. Others fly by like white-water rapids.

Italian Vacation 5.

Always-reliable mode’s charming portrait of two influential and beloved mid-century Italian composers begins with Petrassi’s spry Stravinsky centenary offering, scored for mandolin, guitar, viola, cello, double-bass and percussion.

Italian Vacation 5.

Always-reliable mode’s charming portrait of two influential and beloved mid-century Italian composers begins with Petrassi’s spry Stravinsky centenary offering, scored for mandolin, guitar, viola, cello, double-bass and percussion.

Italian Vacation 4. (con Claudio)

Monteverdi recordings exist for every taste.

Italian Vacation 4. (con Claudio)

Monteverdi recordings exist for every taste.

“Come io passo l’estate”: Italian Vacation 3.

A crisp division separates Castiglioni’s silvery Cangianti (Changes) from his other piano works. The 11-minute fingerbuster parallels other contemporaneous mid-century work, except that Castiglioni was more given to cantabile gestures than his Darmstadt pals.

“Come io passo l’estate”: Italian Vacation 3.

A crisp division separates Castiglioni’s silvery Cangianti (Changes) from his other piano works. The 11-minute fingerbuster parallels other contemporaneous mid-century work, except that Castiglioni was more given to cantabile gestures than his Darmstadt pals.

Italian Vacation 2.

Chandos delivers a stellar, single-disc introduction to Dallapiccola, Italy’s first confident serialist.

Italian Vacation 2.

Chandos delivers a stellar, single-disc introduction to Dallapiccola, Italy’s first confident serialist.