Nino Rota. Aram Khachaturian. Concerts for Piano and Orchestra
Orchestra of Cordoba
Ana Claudia Girotto, piano. Conductor: Elena Herrera
Nino Rota was born in Milan in 1911 within a musical family. He was a child prodigy and excelled in the composition of the orchestra since he was twelve years old when released on his own driving his oratorio The childhood of John the Baptist. Received an excellent academic training in Rome, USA and Milan, where he studied literature. He was director of the Conservatory of Bari from 1950 until his death in 1979.
Author of ballets, operas, concertos for horn, bass cello, piano, bassoon, and symphonies, heavily emphasizing his brilliant work in film, suffice it to say who is the author of the music from La dolce vita, Orchestra Rehearsal The Godfather and Rocco and His Brothers. His language is romantic and melodic excellence. Harmony is deceptively simple, but with the influence of the young Stravinsky.
The Piano concerto in E minor is a subject of great inspiration, the kind that are recorded in the ear for life. Traditional structure with a thematic idea of the themes which emanate seeking contrast through the use of variation. The piano has developed all his grandstanding in a beautiful cadenza after which a variation is re jovial with the idea. The main theme in its original order, is responsible for the climax which is reached broadly, bluntly, simply and force at a time, finally putting out little by little all the drama, reducing and diluting the whole orchestration in tempo.
The second movement, Andante sostenuto, combines the depth and lyricism with sobriety. The third, Allegro, the overflowing joy is full of color. Two contrasting lyrical themes struggle to prevail, allowing the plane is made to the fullest.
Aram Khachaturian is one of the most important composers of the Soviet generation. Born in 1903 near Tblisi, Georgia, son of Armenian parents, so it becomes more obvious Central Asian influence that characterizes his music. At 20 march to Moscow to study music formally, because their musical experience was limited to urban popular music and the strong folk traditions of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaizan. It quickly formed Gnessin School and the Moscow Conservatory where he graduated with his wonderful First Symphony.
His ballets Gayane, Spartacus, the suite Masques, his symphonies and concertos are transcendent works for the History of Music. His personal stamp is determined by the combination of pure folk art with a strong orchestral armómica and contrapuntal under an overwhelming personality. Piano concerto broadly structured in three movements, the first Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso, introduces the piano chords as major concert in the Tchaikovsky B flat. The heroic and lyrical constant dialogue leads to a fabulous traditional cadenza, where the piano is digging in its full tonal and expressive ability.
The second movement, Andante con anima, variations on a theme Georgian folk (I Avara – My Love). In it the composer uses the flexátono to imitate an instrument of Armenian folk song with the first violins produce a particular color with great expressiveness. The third movement, Allegro Brillante, is a brilliant dance with characteristic meters. It is the great development and summary of everything. It closes with a fantastic Coda in returning to the main theme of the first half cycle.