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Togni: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4
By Aldo Orvieto
By Aldo Orvieto. By Camillo Togni (1922-). Classical. CD. Naxos #8573431. Published by Naxos (NX.8573431).
Item Number: NX.8573431
The period 1940-44 covered in this fourth volume of the piano music of the progressive and fiercely independent Italian composer Camillo Togni saw him rethinking elements of twelve-tone technique, chromatic harmonies and lyrical impulses. The result was a unique synthesis of competing styles reflected in the inner diary of his Serenatas, of which three are heard here. The imposing Serenata No. 2, Op. 11 is a complex nocturne and the companion works are both meditative and lively. His fondness for the music of Casella is reflected in the Baroque-tinged Suite, Op. 14a whilst Busoni haunts the attractive Quattro Pezzi, Op. 22.