Stravinsky, Malipiero, Casella, Klassizistische Moderne, C. Hogwood
The three works are stunningly gorgeous! The Pulcinella Suite in its outing for violin and piano is stunning enough, but lushed up for chamber orchestra it’s a sometimes quirky marvel. Old wine in new bottles, some may say – but think of it as good old wine in excellent new decanters. Good ideas well developed are not worth any less for their kernel to have originated from others. Malipiero’s Ricerari are most enjoyable, too, but Scarlattiana was the impulse to buy the disc (at $6.99, I didn’t need much of an impulse). If you like Scarlatti and are not beset with an overly developed sense of musical ‘purity’, you must fall in love with the twenty-minute divertimento that takes its cue from over 80 different Scarlatti sonatas.
Excellent stuff then, as are most of Arte Nova’s new (re-)releases – and at a price that invites further exploration.