Symphony No. 3 in C Major/Rota

May 19, 2011

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Nino Rota (1911-1979) will be best known for the music of The Godfather along with his long time relationship with Fellini, who he composed several scores for. However, there are some who are completely unaware of the contribution that he made to the classical repertoire. Chandos in recent years has offered several CD’s of his work this being the latest (CHAN10669).

Written in 1956 and 1957 this short (18+ minutes) symphony in C major must definitely be put in the category of a neoclassical work. Rota once said that “to give everyone a moment of happiness is what is at the heart of my music.” This work certainly exemplifies this getting off to a rousing start in the happy key with the strings and woodwinds playing the theme back and forth. It is lively and full of life. The second movement, an Adagio con moto is a reflective section written in a minor key with all the sections of the orchestra including the ominous trombones offset by the trumpet participating. The brief scherzo is a light airy movement indicative of the neoclassical writing which I’ve included as an audio sound clip to give you an idea of the overall theme of this work. The final movement is vivace con spirit very upbeat reminding one of a typical cat and mouse musical material with woodwinds getting the spotlight. Other than the second movement this is a bright happy piece reinforcing his statement of wanting you to feel happy.

The work is nicely performed by Filarmonica ‘900 Del Teatro Regio, Turin conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. The digital recording is good with a wide spacious sound. Recommended.

Track Listing:

1…. Allegro (4:03)

2…. Adagio con moto (7:18)

3…. Scherzo (2:44)

4…. Vivace con spirit (4:09)

Total Time is (18:23)


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