With this recital we have the opportunity to listen to three European works from the 1920s and 1930s, written in the middle of the interwar period in the Old Continent.
The recital begins with a work written by the Italian composer Nino Rota, who achieved fame thanks to several soundtracks, mainly of Federico Fellini’s films, such as La Dolce Vita or 8 ½, and the saga of The Godfather. Precisely, the music for the second instalment of this well-known trilogy won him an Oscar for best original soundtrack. When he was still making his way in his career, in 1935, Rota composed this Quintet for flute, oboe, viola, cello and harp in the neo-Romantic style that we are going to enjoy. Delicate and markedly lyrical music.
The next work is by another Italian composer: Gian Francesco Malipiero. Written in 1934, this original sonata of free and original form contains a series of modal and tonal relationships, a weave of melodic resources that reflect his inner world, dreamlike and fabulous, inspired by the colours and lights of his native Venice. We end the concert with the Quintet for harp, flute, violin, viola and cello, composed by Jean Cras in 1928. In addition to being a composer, the Frenchman Cras was a naval officer, and he was able to unite his two great passions in his compositions: the sea and music. In fact, this quintet was composed during one of his one of his voyages. His delicate music transports us on a journey to distant lands full of magic.