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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Concerto No. 2 'The Prophets'; Concerto Italiano ()

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composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

The Violin Concerto No. 2 ("The Prophets") by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is rarely played, and the Concerto Italiano of 1924 here receives its world premiere on recordings. Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang makes a good case that both should be heard more often. Castelnuovo-Tedesco termed the Concerto Italiano "almost Vivaldian," largely on the strength of the crystalline middle movement; the first movement is a big piece of Romantic heroics. Yang offers some real depth in the slow-movement melody and in the episodic structure ...

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