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義大利音樂家合奏團（I Musici）於 1952 年成立之後便備受讚譽，他們在 1955 年錄製的史上第一張韋瓦第《四季協奏曲》唱片，更是被譽為無法超越的權威詮釋。本唱片收錄他們二十世紀初義大利器樂代表性作曲家雷斯畢基、美國作曲家巴柏、英國作曲家布列頓、羅馬尼亞的巴爾托克等數位現代音樂家的管弦樂作品，色彩富麗、優美如畫的管弦樂演奏令人神往。
2.Arie Di Corte
Adagio For Strings Op. 11
(From String Quartet In B Minor Op. 11)
Roumanian Folk Dances
Simple Symphony Op. 4
1.Mov.: Boisterous Bourrée
2.Mov.: Playful Pizzicato
3.Mov.: Sentimental Saraband
4.Mov.: Frolicsome Finale
Resphigi: Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto / Barber: Adagio for Strings / Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances / Britten: Simple Symphony – I Musici
To compile a music sampler might seem simple, but the conceivers of this LP set themselves several hurdles to spice up their task. Among the infinite possibilities of an overall binding element, they chose to put together works by modern composers who reached back to past traditions. Because most pieces are arrangements for I Musici – a chamber ensemble that tends to favour baroque conventions – one might imagine that all works sound somewhat similar.
But less can also mean more, for Respighi’s heavyweight sound in his arrangements of ancient dances is hardly missed thanks to the ensemble lending the work a light and airy warmth.
Barber’s Opus 11, originally conceived as a quartet, has gained in sound colouring and once again proves itself as a true essential among all Adagios. Bartók’s artistically convoluted Folk Dances prove themselves to be real little gems in Arthur Willner’s transcription. The orchestra quite obviously delights in conjuring up the delicate melodies and tingling pizzicato, while the stamping peasant rhythms are played with gusto.
Closest here to the original sound is Britten’s Simple Symphony, composed for a school orchestra, in which Britten makes use of favourite tunes from his youth. The reason that this composition – shot through with pizzicato from beginning to end – has been arranged for an orchestra of plucked instruments cannot and will not remain a secret for anyone listening to this perfect interpretation.
Recording: June and July 1961 at Bachzaal, Amsterdam, by Henk Jansen
Production: Volker Strauss