Livia Mazzanti – Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Complete Organ Works (2009/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:16 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aeolus
In the music world the name of the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is mostly known for his numerous compositions for guitar. The fact that he also wrote a good hour of excellent organ music is proved by our new release with the Italian artist Livia Mazzanti. It is interesting to see that the composer wrote music for the organ for the first time only after his emigration in the USA – as an Italian Jew he felt constrained to leave country under the Mussolini dictatorship. It was when he received a Christmas card from his friend Edward Power-Biggs in 1952 that Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco had the idea of composing a miniature Fanfare for organ based on the letters of the organist’s rather unusual name. This fanfare in six bars, was played by Power Biggs and broadcast on the radio. Power-Biggs encouraged him to work out this fragment to an entire composition.
Thus originated as the first organ work Introduction, Aria and Fugue. By the way, you can listen to this fanfare on this website (sound sample 1). The extensive booklet to our album informs about the backgrounds and the origin of the remaining works (for instance music for the synagogue, two experimental serial works as well as other free pieces) and other biographical details.
Without Livia’s painstaking efforts, this innovative new recording would not have been possible. She alone did all the hard work of rediscovering and preparing this music for performance. Among other things, she perfected an innovative registration for all these pieces in the years leading up to the recording itself. We must thank her for her attentive, sensitive reading of these unfairly neglected works, bringing them back from obscurity with her tireless devotion to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s witty compositions. Her musical intelligence and poetic imagination mean she is a peerless, bold, yet demanding performer.
Thanks of generous support of Mrs. Cornelia Gerber (†) we’ve been able to carry out our recording at the organ of the Tonhalle in Zurich, which has been designed by Jean Guillou. It’s numerous specific features are excellently shown to advantage on this SACD. Our surround recording virtually places you into the concert hall…
Comment by producer Christoph Martin Frommen: As a recording engineer with now more than 20 year of experience I really know a lot of repertoire. But there is still excellent music over and over again you do not know, and then you ask yourself: why do I hear this “only now”?
This was also the case with the organ music composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, when in 2003 Livia handed over to me a self-made demo CD. What a poor sound… But what a nice music!
1. Livia Mazzanti – Introduction
2. Livia Mazzanti – Aria
3. Livia Mazzanti – Fugue
4. Livia Mazzanti – Consolation (Ma Tovu)
5. Livia Mazzanti – Adoration (Borechu)
6. Livia Mazzanti – Invocation (Shema Yisroel)
7. Livia Mazzanti – Silent devotion
8. Livia Mazzanti – Lamentation (The Mourner’s Kaddish)
9. Livia Mazzanti – Prelude on the twelve tone row
10. Livia Mazzanti – Fugue on the twelve tone row
11. Livia Mazzanti – Prelude on the name of Frederick Tulan
12. Livia Mazzanti – Choral-prelude on the name of Albert Schweitzer
13. Livia Mazzanti – Fugue on the name of Albert Schweitzer
14. Livia Mazzanti – Tema
15. Livia Mazzanti – Hashkivenu
16. Livia Mazzanti – Lecho dodi
17. Livia Mazzanti – Vaani s’filosi
18. Livia Mazzanti – Raú-Banim
19. Livia Mazzanti – Hashkivenu (Extended Version)