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Chandos is to be warmly congratulated for championing the works of Petrassi, a figure under-represented on disc and virtually neglected in concert halls outside his native Italy. When the music is as fascinating and as well executed as on this disc, our debt is doubled. Noseda sculpts finely shaped readings, from the wartime Coro di morti, whose scoring (without violins) contributes greatly to the dark atmosphere expressed by the text, to the substantial cantata Noche oscura (poetry by St John of the Cross), in which the musical style is more individual and less influenced by others, notably Stravinsky. Warmly recommended.

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