“Noseda [and the BBC Philharmonic] bring us Casella’s Symphony No. 2…it receives a glorious and poetic performance…anyone with more than a passing interest in this fascinating composer needs to have this remarkable disc.”

International Record Review August 2010

Italian Conductor Gianandrea Noseda today (10 October 2011) announced Musica Italiana, a three year collaboration with independent record label Chandos and Italian music publisher Universal Music Publishing Ricordi.

The announcement was made at the Italian Embassy in London, in the presence of Ambassador Alain Giorgio Maria Economides, Richard Wigley (General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic), Walter Vergnano (General Manager of the Teatro Regio Torino), Claudio Buja (Chair of Universal Music Publishing Ricordi) and Sue Revill (Director of Finance, Chandos).

Noseda will record two discs per year for Musica Italiana, concentrating on previously unrecorded symphonic repertoire by the main Italian composers of the 20th Century including Alfredo Casella, Goffredo Petrassi and Ildebrando Pizzetti. He is supported in the project by one of the giants of Italy’s musical landscape Ricordi publishing. The Italian side is strengthened by the orchestra and chorus of Teatro Regio Torino where Gianandrea has been Music Director for four years and where he has already made a number of high profile premieres such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Massenet’s Thaïs, Strauss’s Salome, Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov in addition to Verdi’s La traviata and I vespri siciliani.

Chandos Records, one of the UK’s most successful independent classical labels brings its unrivalled recording expertise to the partnership. The BBC Philharmonic, with whom Gianandrea was Chief Conductor from 2002 to 2011, completes the musical alliance.

The first Musica Italiana, disc is due for release in June 2012, and will see Gianandrea working with the BBC Philharmonic recording works by Casella including A notte alta, the symphonic fragments from the opera La donna serpente and the Concerto per Orchestra.

This will be the second volume of Casella repertoire he has recorded for Chandos with the BBC Philharmonic following last year’s first ever recording of Casella’s practically unknown Symphony No. 2.

Gianandrea Noseda is Music Director at Teatro Regio Torino, and has recently taken the title of Conductor Laureate at the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, having been Chief Conductor with the orchestra for almost a decade.

Noseda sees the Musica Italiana, collaboration as a unique opportunity to explore his country’s heritage through the partnership with cultural icons from his homeland and from the UK.

Says Noseda: “I am delighted that Musica Italiana will allow us to bring this wonderful and unjustly neglected repertoire to as wide an audience as possible through our recordings and performances. It’s a great source of joy for me to share this experience with the much loved orchestras of the BBC Philharmonic and the Teatro Regio Torino.”

Claudio Buja, Chairman of Universal Music Publishing Ricordi adds: “Ricordi is well known worldwide as the most important Italian opera publisher. But its terrific legacy also includes the most important symphonic composers of the 20th century in Italy. The Musica Italiana project opens a window on an undiscovered music world of the highest interest, with the collaboration of a group of partners at the highest artistic level.”

Walter Vergnano of Teatro Regio Torino comments: “I am convinced of the importance of showing future generations the many different voices which have made Italian music what it is today, and of acknowledging the composers who left their mark on the history of music in the twentieth-century."

Ralph Couzens, Chairman of Chandos Records concludes: “We have recorded over 30 discs with Gianandrea over the last ten years, which have received terrific reviews. We are therefore delighted to be working with Gianandrea, the BBC Philharmonic and the Teatro Regio Torino again on this new series of ‘Musica Italiana."


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