Harp Concerto/ Bassoon Concert
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Concerto pour harpe & orchestre - Concerto pour basson & orchestre - astel del Monte, ballade pour cor & orchestre - Concerto pour trombone & orchestre / Luisa Prandina, harpe - Paolo Carlini, basson - Guido Corti, corn - Andrea Conti, trombone - I Virtuosi Italiani - Marzio Conti, direction
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Best of the works here - and a fine piece overall - is the harp concerto from 1947. It is a modest and generally light, post-romantic work, but the themes are fine and the mood is attractive. The image brought to mind is that of an elegant, archaic, soft-edged, polished rococo fountain in morning light (with the early rays of dawn reflecting in the water), set in a quiet, overgrown, forgotten, classical garden. It is an attractive image, and the music is atmospheric, lyrical and well-crafted. The bassoon concerto, from three decades later, shows little stylistic evolution. As expected, it is lyrical but full of gentle humor - or at least attempts at humor; it is really pretty dry and well-behaved. It is not a bad work, to be sure, but doesn't leave any lasting impression either.
Castel del Monte (1975), for horn and orchestra, is thin gruel, however. It is a modestly faux-heroic impression of an old castle, but boring and empty. The trombone concerto (1966) is - despite the technical challenges facing the soloist - another hollow, almost irritating neo-classical work of no humor but many attempts at it. The performances are sympathetic and up to the task, however, and the orchestral playing is very good. Chandos has also provided them with warm, clear and full sound. In sum, this is hardly an essential acquisition, but if you find it cheap it is worth having for the harp concerto (and possibly the bassoon concerto).