Alfredo Casella
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1883-07-25
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Born in Turin, Alfredo Casella was one of the group of Italian composers collectively known as the generazione dell'Ottanta (generation of the 80s), who sought to change the whole climate of Italian music from a parochial fixation with opera to ...

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Rena Sharon, Alfredo Casella & Kathleen Rudolph
Sicilienne and Burlesque
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Sicilienne and Burlesque Sicilienne and Burlesque Sicilienne and Burlesque Sicilienne and Burlesque
Alfredo Casella, Riccardo Muti & Orchestra filarmonica della Scala
Paganiniana (Op.65), movement 1
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Paganiniana (Op.65), movement 1 Paganiniana (Op.65), movement 1 Paganiniana (Op.65), movement 1 Paganiniana (Op.65), movement 1
Enrico Dindo, Alfredo Casella, DR SymfoniOrkestret & Rafael Payare
Cello Concerto (Op.58) (1934/1935)
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Cello Concerto (Op.58) (1934/1935) Cello Concerto (Op.58) (1934/1935) Cello Concerto (Op.58) (1934/1935) Cello Concerto (Op.58) (1934/1935)
BBC Philharmonic, Alfredo Casella & Gianandrea Noseda
Introduction, Chorale and March, Op. 57
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Introduction, Chorale and March, Op. 57 Introduction, Chorale and March, Op. 57 Introduction, Chorale and March, Op. 57 Introduction, Chorale and March, Op. 57
Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Symphony no. 1 in B minor Op.5
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Symphony no. 1 in B minor Op.5 Symphony no. 1 in B minor Op.5 Symphony no. 1 in B minor Op.5 Symphony no. 1 in B minor Op.5
Martin Roscoe, Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Scarlattiana - divertimento for piano and orchestra (Op.44); Minuetto...
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Scarlattiana - divertimento for piano and orchestra (Op.44); Minuetto... Scarlattiana - divertimento for piano and orchestra (Op.44); Minuetto... Scarlattiana - divertimento for piano and orchestra (Op.44); Minuetto... Scarlattiana - divertimento for piano and orchestra (Op.44); Minuetto...
Min Park, Alfredo Casella & Huw Watkins
Barcarola e scherzo
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Barcarola e scherzo Barcarola e scherzo Barcarola e scherzo Barcarola e scherzo
Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Elegia eroica Op.29 for orchestra
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Elegia eroica Op.29 for orchestra Elegia eroica Op.29 for orchestra Elegia eroica Op.29 for orchestra Elegia eroica Op.29 for orchestra
BBC Philharmonic, Alfredo Casella & Gianandrea Noseda
Symphonic Fragments from ‘La donna serpent’ Op.50 Sinfonia
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Symphonic Fragments from ‘La donna serpent’ Op.50 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from ‘La donna serpent’ Op.50 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from ‘La donna serpent’ Op.50 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from ‘La donna serpent’ Op.50 Sinfonia
Alfredo Casella (Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic)
Elegia Eroica
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Elegia Eroica Elegia Eroica Elegia Eroica Elegia Eroica
Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Symphony [no.3] Op.63: 4th movement; Rondo finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato
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Symphony [no.3]  Op.63: 4th movement; Rondo finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato Symphony [no.3]  Op.63: 4th movement; Rondo finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato Symphony [no.3]  Op.63: 4th movement; Rondo finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato Symphony [no.3]  Op.63: 4th movement; Rondo finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato
Alfredo Casella & Michele D'ambrosio
Sinfonia, Arioso, e Toccata, Op.59: no.3. Toccata
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Sinfonia, Arioso, e Toccata, Op.59: no.3. Toccata Sinfonia, Arioso, e Toccata, Op.59: no.3. Toccata Sinfonia, Arioso, e Toccata, Op.59: no.3. Toccata Sinfonia, Arioso, e Toccata, Op.59: no.3. Toccata
Alfredo Casella, Magda László, Fernando Previtali, Italian Radio Symphony Chorus Milan, Mirto Picchi & Italian R S O Milan
La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series)
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La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series)
Alfredo Casella & Rex Lawson
Prelude from 3 Pieces for Pianola
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Prelude from 3 Pieces for Pianola Prelude from 3 Pieces for Pianola Prelude from 3 Pieces for Pianola Prelude from 3 Pieces for Pianola
Alfredo Casella, Rome S O & Francesco La Vecchia
Pagine di guerra Op.25a, arr. for orchestra: Nos. 2 & 3
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Pagine di guerra  Op.25a, arr. for orchestra: Nos. 2 & 3 Pagine di guerra  Op.25a, arr. for orchestra: Nos. 2 & 3 Pagine di guerra  Op.25a, arr. for orchestra: Nos. 2 & 3 Pagine di guerra  Op.25a, arr. for orchestra: Nos. 2 & 3
Alfredo Casella & Marc-André Hamelin
Deux Contrastes
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Deux Contrastes Deux Contrastes Deux Contrastes Deux Contrastes
Alfredo Casella, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Francesco La Vecchia & Olivia Andreini
Notte di Maggio, Op.20
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Notte di Maggio, Op.20 Notte di Maggio, Op.20 Notte di Maggio, Op.20 Notte di Maggio, Op.20
Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Symphony no. 2 in C minor Op.12: 2nd movement; Allegro molto vivace
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Symphony no. 2 in C minor  Op.12: 2nd movement; Allegro molto vivace Symphony no. 2 in C minor  Op.12: 2nd movement; Allegro molto vivace Symphony no. 2 in C minor  Op.12: 2nd movement; Allegro molto vivace Symphony no. 2 in C minor  Op.12: 2nd movement; Allegro molto vivace
Alfredo Casella, Rome Symphony Orchestra & Francesco La Vecchia
Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op.5: 2nd movement
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Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op.5: 2nd movement Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op.5: 2nd movement Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op.5: 2nd movement Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op.5: 2nd movement
BBC Philharmonic, Alfredo Casella & Gianandrea Noseda
Italia (Op.11), 4th mvt;
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Italia (Op.11), 4th mvt; Italia (Op.11), 4th mvt; Italia (Op.11), 4th mvt; Italia (Op.11), 4th mvt;
Alfredo Casella & Marc-André Hamelin
Grazioso (Diex contrastes)
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Grazioso (Diex contrastes) Grazioso (Diex contrastes) Grazioso (Diex contrastes) Grazioso (Diex contrastes)
Alfredo Casella
CINQUE PEZZI 3rd movement Valse Ridicule
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CINQUE PEZZI 3rd movement Valse Ridicule CINQUE PEZZI 3rd movement Valse Ridicule CINQUE PEZZI 3rd movement Valse Ridicule CINQUE PEZZI 3rd movement Valse Ridicule
Alfredo Casella
CONCERTO PER ARCHI 1st movement Sinfonia
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CONCERTO PER ARCHI 1st movement Sinfonia CONCERTO PER ARCHI 1st movement Sinfonia CONCERTO PER ARCHI 1st movement Sinfonia CONCERTO PER ARCHI 1st movement Sinfonia
BBC Philharmonic & Alfredo Casella
Le couvent sur l'eau
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Le couvent sur l'eau Le couvent sur l'eau Le couvent sur l'eau Le couvent sur l'eau
Luca Ballerini & Alfredo Casella
11 Pezzi infantili, Op. 35 No. 11: Galop final
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Martin Roscoe & Alfredo Casella
Capriccio from Scarlattiana
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Capriccio from Scarlattiana Capriccio from Scarlattiana Capriccio from Scarlattiana Capriccio from Scarlattiana
Alfredo Casella, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Italia Op. 11
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Italia Op. 11 Italia Op. 11 Italia Op. 11 Italia Op. 11
Alfredo Casella
Italia, Op.11 – fourth movement
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Italia, Op.11 – fourth movement Italia, Op.11 – fourth movement Italia, Op.11 – fourth movement Italia, Op.11 – fourth movement
Alfredo Casella
Scarlattiana Divertimento for piano and orchestra, third movement - Capriccio
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Scarlattiana Divertimento for piano and orchestra, third movement - Capriccio Scarlattiana Divertimento for piano and orchestra, third movement - Capriccio Scarlattiana Divertimento for piano and orchestra, third movement - Capriccio Scarlattiana Divertimento for piano and orchestra, third movement - Capriccio
Alfredo Casella
Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente Op.51: Act 1 Sinfonia
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Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente Op.51: Act 1 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente Op.51: Act 1 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente Op.51: Act 1 Sinfonia Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente Op.51: Act 1 Sinfonia
Alfredo Casella
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra
Alfredo Casella
La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series)
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La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series) La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series)
Alfredo Casella
A notte alta Op.30bis for piano and orchestra
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A notte alta Op.30bis for piano and orchestra A notte alta Op.30bis for piano and orchestra A notte alta Op.30bis for piano and orchestra A notte alta Op.30bis for piano and orchestra
Alfredo Casella
Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 Op.63
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Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 Op.63 Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 Op.63 Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 Op.63 Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 Op.63
Alfredo Casella
Scarlattiana, Op 44: FInale
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Scarlattiana, Op 44: FInale Scarlattiana, Op 44: FInale Scarlattiana, Op 44: FInale Scarlattiana, Op 44: FInale
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Biography

Born in Turin, Alfredo Casella was one of the group of Italian composers collectively known as the generazione dell'Ottanta (generation of the 80s), who sought to change the whole climate of Italian music from a parochial fixation with opera to international excellence in the fields of orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. His contemporaries in this endeavour included Ottorino Respighi, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Gian Francesco Malipiero and Giorgio Ghedini, but Casella is considered the prime mover. His aim was to forge a new brand of neo-Classicism inspired by the golden age of Italian instrumental music from the Renaissance to the 18th century, but conceived in contemporary terms.

Casella came from a long-established musical family, and he showed early talent as a pianist, being a renowned virtuoso by the age of 13. His cosmopolitan upbringing (he lived outside Italy between the ages of 13 and 32) gave him a unique critical perspective on his native country's musical predicament, and his education at the Paris Conservatoire, where from 1896 he was a fellow-student of Ravel and Enescu under Gabriel Faure, furnished him with the technique to achieve his goals. From 1906 to 1909 he was the harspichordist for the French Société des Instruments Anciens, which intensified his appreciation of early music. Sojourns in Germany and Russia gave him an insatiable taste for chromatic dissonance and stylistic experiment. After teaching and conducting in Paris he returned to Italy in 1915, determined to recreate his country's musical language.

A prolific composer and a master of many styles, Casella taught composition in Rome, was active as a critic, and in 1917 founded the La Società nazionale de Musica in conjunction with Malipiero and the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio (refounded in 1923 as the Italian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music). In the 1930s he performed frequently outside Italy as an acclaimed pianist, chamber musician and conductor, while acting as director of the Venice Festival of Contemporary Music. As a scholar, his achievements included an influential edition of Beethoven's piano sonatas and he was principally responsible for the rediscovery and re-evaluation of the music of Antonio Vivaldi, which was celebrated in the first festival of the Settimane Musicali Senesi, which Casella helped to found.

Casella's decision to remain in Italy under Mussolini was probably due to simple patriotism (he was a passionate Italian nationalist) rather than admiration for the Fascist state: his wife was French and Jewish, and he continued to proselytise for the music of Schoenberg and Berg. It was during the Second World War that he wrote some of his most refined and abstract works, such as the Studi for piano, while late works such as the Missa solemnis 'Pro Pace', suggest an acceptance of Schoenberg's 12-note technique, which he had previously shunned.

In 1942 he was diagnosed as suffering from inoperable cancer, and, though a later diagnosis led to a successful operation, the cancer had meanwhile caused incurable side-effects from which he spent his remaining years in chronic pain. He died in Rome in 1947.

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