These are good performances of music by a wildly inconsistent composer. Stylistically, Malipiero (1882-1973) was all over the place. Gabrieliana, obviously, is an arrangement of music by Gabrieli; the Madrigali are arrangements of vocal works by Monteverdi (from Book VII of his madrigals). The Serenata manages to be cute and quirky without a single memorable melodic idea, while both the 5 Favole (fables) and the Venetian songs belong to the composer’s late, almost atonal style. The latter work even begins with a 12-note row, ……..David Hurwitz @ classicstoday.com
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