Compact Discoveries®
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

©2015 by Fred Flaxman

Program 251
"More Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concertos"

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: excerpt from opening of the third movement of Concerto for Two Guitars, performed by Kazuhito Yamashita and Naoko Yamashita, guitars, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin [RCA Victor Red Seal BMG Classics 60355-2-RC, Track 9]  [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman. The next hour will be devoted to two more concertos by the Italian-born composer, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. This is the third of four one-hour programs that I’m devoting to this gifted, tuneful, highly-accessible, but unjustly neglected composer.

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence in 1895, and died an American citizen in Los Angeles in 1968. This is a period when there was a great deal of experimentation in works for the concert hall. There was a lot of dissonant and atonal music written, and composers such as Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who still wrote melodious, romantic pieces, were considered old-fashioned.

They are being rediscovered now that so much of this so-called “modern music” was rejected by modern audiences. To be heard at all, it had to be sandwiched in between pieces that concert-goers really wanted to hear or they would come in late or leave early.

I’m not going to repeat here what I said about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the first two programs, so if you missed those programs, you can go to the Compact Discoveries website — www.compactdiscoveries.com — and stream them on demand anytime you like. They are programs numbered 249 and 250. In this hour we’ll hear Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Two Guitars and his Piano Concerto No. 2.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Two Guitars, Opus 201, was written in 1962.  This is the third of his guitar concertos, the other two being for a single instrument and orchestra. The first concerto was premiered by Andrés Segovia, to whom it was dedicated, in 1939. The more ambitious Second Concerto followed in 1953.

All three are likable, melodious, and accessible, unlike so many of the long-form pieces written during this period. Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s imaginative chamber-music-like orchestration creates a natural setting for the guitar’s quiet, intimate voice.

The prize-winning guitarists in this recording are Nagasaki-born Kazuhito Yamashita and his younger sister, Naoko Yamashita, both of whom began to study the guitar at the age of 8 with their father at the Nagasaki Guitar Academy. They are playing with the London Philharmonic under the American conductor Leonard Slatkin in this RCA Victor Red Seal compact disc from 1990.

MUSIC:
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto for Two Guitars, performed by Kazuhito Yamashita and Naoko Yamashita, guitars, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin [RCA Victor Red Seal BMG Classics 60355-2-RC, Tracks 7, 8, and 9]  [20:00]

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Two Guitars, performed by Kazuhito Yamashita and Naoko Yamashita with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

You are listening to “More Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concertos” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Opus 92 was written in 1936-1937, a full decade after his first piano concerto. In this Naxos recording from 2012, the Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni is accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra of Sweden under the baton of the British conductor Andrew Mogrelia.

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, performed by Alessandro Marangoni with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia. [Naxos 8.572823, Tracks 4-6]  [32:00]

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major.  Alessandro Marangoni was accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia.

And that concludes “More Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concertos” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. If you missed part of the program or would like to hear it again, you can stream it on demand at compactdiscoveries.com. This is program number 251. You’ll also find programs numbered 249 and 250 there, which featured other very enjoyable works by this same composer. This is your guide to Compact Discoveries, Fred Flaxman. Thank you for listening.

MUSIC: Castelnuovo-Tedesco: excerpt from opening of the third movement of Concerto for Two Guitars, performed by Kazuhito Yamashita and Naoko Yamashita, guitars, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin [RCA Victor Red Seal BMG Classics 60355-2-RC, Track 9]

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