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Serenata per un Satellite

Gruppo Linea Ensemble

- 2009

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Pages of war of Alfredo Casella (1915), for piano for four hands, open the sequence of pieces of classic ‘900, with a dull and grave tone. It’s about four compositions thought for four films concerning the World War 1. Listening the CD without images, means in any case to immerse oneself in a “program” of dark colours, in witch already the titles sketch fear and desolation, from a violent and measured sound of the first composition (In Belgium: march of german heavy artillery ), to a ghostly and a devastated stability in front of the ruins of the Cathedral of Reims, from France. 
A driving rhythm, with dark tones with sound dissonant and harsh effects seams to us like a charge of military Cossack, while the end description is closing with a distress and disheartness (misery) aura, reminds us that the only peace achieved in a war is the peace of the graveyards (In Alsace: Cross of wood).
In this way Casella wanted to express himself concerning the frightening conflict in progress and the Italian intervention.
But the global colour of the incision develops in the next compositions in a atmosphere more relaxed and for some aspects joyful. Playing is also having fun, as the verbs “spielen” and “play” in german and english language illustrate very well, connected what’s more with show performing. Of course, the thought is addressed to inexperienced children, for who the instrument is still a toy. However even the experienced interprets in some way are “toying” with the score, using their fantasy and imagination.
György Kurtág, in a succession of brief compositions for piano for two and for four hands from the collection Játékok (Giochi), written in 1973, wants to reproduce this kind of childish happyness in using the instrument, without a methodological intent, with emotions given by the progress discover of treasures hided in music and piano: from the joy of the movement, to the mastery of the keyboard, till the sounds is possible to obtain. By the reason of the joke, Kurtág is enjoying himself also with Verdi and with Caro nome. This sensation of the joke seams to be maintained in the next compositions, even when with Berio (Linea, 1973) we add at the two pianos the vibraphone and marimba as a progress research. Especially in those that are called “the magic trick” of Berio, the global effect seems to transmit a meaning of quiet digression, in a contest of various effects of sounds and rhythms. This means a kind of theme and variations, that the same Berio define as “an exposition of implicit elements in a melody, just apparently simply”. With the Five Pieces for Piano Four-Hands, of György Ligeti, composed between 1942 and 1950, it reverts to forms more traditional and directly expressive, what the entertainment with go beyond cross the border of the party. Very clear the popular matrix, especially in the Dances, with the indicates of the pentatonic scale, without to forget the presence learned of the Polyphonic Etude and the recurrence of the classic pattern in the Sonatina.
The conclusion is entrusted to the Serenade for a Satellite of Bruno Maderna (1969) performed by two pianos, vibraphone and marimba, that through it’s own free structure transmit an undoubted suggestion of movement and spaciousness, in a perfectly coherence with the title.
It’s undoubted that this recording can be a pleasant and delightful surprise for all the fans that in their deep have still some prejudice about all the music of XX century. As always, it’s necessary to know for being able to judge.

Label: LIRA CLASSICA - Catalog: N° LR CD 0116 - Executive production by Massimo Monti,Musicisti Associati Produzioni M.A.P. - Distribution M.A.P. - Year of production 2009


Tracks list CD:
01. Nel Belgio, Alfredo Casella, 1'54
02. In Francia, Alfredo Casella, 2'21
03. In Russia, Alfredo Casella, 1'28
04. In Alsazia, Alfredo Casella, 2'44
05. Hommagea Verdi, György Kurtag, 1'57
06. Hommage a Soproni, György Kurtag, 2'29
07. Hommage a Caikovskij, György Kurtag, 1'24
08. Hommage a Sarkozy, György Kurtag, 2'35
09. Hommage a Stravinsky, György Kurtag, 1'40
10. Manège I, Luciano Berio, 4'18
11. Entree I, Luciano Berio, 0'36
12. Ensemble I, Luciano Berio, 0'30
13. Manège II, Luciano Berio, 0'30
14. Ensemble II, Luciano Berio, 0'38
15. Manège III, Luciano Berio, 0'43
16. Ensemble III, Luciano Berio, 1'19
17. Entree II, Luciano Berio, 1'31
18. Coda I, Luciano Berio, 1'21
19. Coda II, Luciano Berio, 0'59
20. Ensemble IV, Luciano Berio, 0'23
21. Notturno, Luciano Berio, 1'51
22. Indulo, György Ligeti, 2'24
23. Polifon Etud, György Ligeti, 2'05
24. A Kapuban A Szecker, György Ligeti, 0'37
25 Hopp Ide Tisztan, György Ligeti, 1'13
26. Csango Forgos, György Ligeti, 1'13
27. Allegro, György Ligeti, 1'39
28. Andante, György Ligeti, 2'04
29. Vivace, György Ligeti, 2'16
30. Allegro, György Ligeti, 0'46
31. Serenata Per Un Satellite, Bruno Maderna, 4'46