Music for Viola & Ensemble[CD]
~ ROLLA / BRACONI / ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FERRUCCIO
This release brings together an important selection of Rolla's compositions, clearly anchored in the Classical style. The virtuosic Viola Concerto in E flat gives the solo instrument a starring role, as the somewhat sparse orchestral accompaniment serves only to highlight the soloist's dexterity. The Divertimento and Concertino are similarly styled, with grand orchestral entries marking the start of long virtuosic passages in the viola. Soloist Simonide Braconi, a highly experienced player, makes light work of the demanding material, allowing his instrument to soar over the orchestral tapestry. The two Sinfonias are taken from manuscripts found in the library in Parma, generously lent for this release and specially revised by conductor Massimo Belli. Written in the same key, the two symphonies have much in common, though Rolla adds an interesting addition in the Sinfonia BI531, with an unexpected violin solo rising high above the rest of the ensemble. This new recording presents several concertante works for viola and orchestra, the style firmly rooted in Viennese Classicism, the melodies glowing with Italian warmth and elegance.
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