Personalities | Ildebrando Pizzetti | Modern Era | Classical
(El-da-bran’-do Pid-zet’-te) 1880–1968
Like many Italian composers of his generation, Pizzetti was more influenced by older music than by the recent Italian past; he was little affected by trends post-Debussy. He wrote in most musical forms, but is best known for his operas. With dignified solo writing rooted in Monteverdi and sonorously effective choral scenes, they are on classical (Fedra – ‘Phaedra’, 1909), biblical (Debora e Jaele, 1922) and historical subjects (Assassinio nella cattedrale – ‘Murder in the Cathedral’, 1958).
Murder in the Cathedral, soloists, Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra (cond) Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon)
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