Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Casella: Toccata for piano & orch.; Paganini Rhapsody; Partita for piano & orch.
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Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Casella: Toccata for piano & orch.; Paganini Rhapsody; Partita for piano & orch. Description
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At twenty-one minutes Respighi’s Toccata for Piano and Orchestra is really more of an extended concert piece, which opens in a chaconnelike frame of mind with some heavy, massive chords and solemn voicings, then segues into a lyrically musing Andante before the somewhat belligerent “toccata” proper takes charge.Though Casella wrote numerous concertos, somehow he never got around to an actual piano concerto, and this “partita”-in which the soloist and his accompanists interface in a more …