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Duo Gazzana: Poulenc Walton Dallapiccola Schnittke Silvestrov

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The unifying theme of Italian sisters, violinist Natascia Gazzana and pianist Raffaella Gazzana's second release is a celebration of neoclassicism in modern music. The Duo Gazzana performs five 20th and 21st century compositions that, in one manner or another, draw inspiration from mostly the Baroque era.The focal point of the album is one of composer William Walton's early gems, the seldom- heard “Toccata For Violin & Piano." A haunting reading of this sublime piece opens with Natascia's passionate strings echoing against silent pauses. Raffaella's rumbling intricate lines lead to a stimulating and cinematic dialogue. The contemplative mood is ...



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