Cello Concerto No. 2
1. Allegro moderato
2. Theme and viariations: Andantino cantabile, con grazia
3. Allegro vivo
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (1973)
Concerto for Strings
7. Prelude (Allegro ben moderato e cantabile)
8. Scherzo (Allegretto comodo)
9. Aria (Andante quasi adagio)
10. Finale (Allegrissimo)
The rediscovery of Nino Rota’s vast catalog, preserved at the Cini Foundation in Venice, in recent years is perhaps definitively reversing a trend inversely proportional to the composer’s popularity as a film music composer. Indeed, if on the one hand the happy, 30-year artistic union with Federico Fellini inevitably ends up associating the composer with the soundtracks of many masterpieces of the “seventh art” belonging to the last century (La Strada, La dolce vita, Amarcord, Prova d’orchestra, to mention only a few of Fellini’s titles, but also: Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, which earned him an Oscar, and many many others), on the other hand there is a rediscovery of an author who would fit perfectly within those parameters of “Italian excellence” of which much is spoken today although not always on purpose.
Highly educated, endowed with a Mozartian ease of writing (at the age of eleven he wrote his first Oratorio), but at the same time detached and ironic, with a melancholic and at the same time paradoxical look at humanity, Rota constitutes, for musicologists and simple enthusiasts, as they rediscover some new masterpiece in the halls, a continuous surprise.
Presented in this recording are the Cello Concerto, in which the solo part is entrusted to Enrico Bronzi, one of the greatest and most sensitive performers of the new generation, who conducts with a sure hand the excellent Musici di Parma also in the Concerto per Archi (offered here in the 1977 revision), with a solid neoclassical imprint; while the magical sound of Alessandro Carbonare joins Bronzi and Miodini (who play together in the formation of the Trio di Parma) in the Trio con clarinetto of 1973.