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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets Op.125 & Duets Op.97

By Claudio Proietti

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By Claudio Proietti, Filippo Bettoschi, Genova Vocal Ensemble, Mirko Guadagnini, Roberta Paraninfo, Sibi Consoni Accademia Vocale di Genova, and Valentina Coladonato. By Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968). Classical. CD. Naxos #BRI95548. Published by Naxos (NX.BRI95548).

Item Number: NX.BRI95548

No modern record company has done more than Brilliant Classics to revive the music and reputation of the Italian-American composer Mario Castelvuovo-Tedesco. Not only in the field of guitar music for which he is most famous, but in piano music and most recently an extensive and powerful song-cycle for soprano and guitar, The Divan of Moses Ibn Ebra. Here's another new album of the composer's vocal music, of still greater importance: the first complete recording of his cycle of Shakespeare Sonnets, coupled with the world premiere recording of the three Shakespeare Duets. Castelnuovo-Tedesco set texts by many great poets, among them Dante, Heine and Lorca. It was for Shakespeare, however, that he nurtured his foremost passion. Having composed settings of all the standalone songs in the plays while still resident in Italy, he then turned to the sonnets while 'isolated and proud' in the bitter-sweet exile of Beverly Hills where he made his home for the last 30 years of his life. They were set down with astonishing fluency, more than half within less than two months in the autumn of 1945. Ultimately he put music to 32 of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, all in the original English, including three settings for vocal ensemble. All of them are now gathered together for the first time, together with the three Duets from 1937.

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