Suite Italienne, Francesca Dego and Francesca Leonardi
Release date: 12 October 2018
The Italian violin and piano duo Francesca Dego and Francesca Leonardi will release a new disc on Deutsche Grammophon this October, featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B minor for violin and piano and the world premiere recording of three works by the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
In addition to violin paraphrases of operas by Rossini and Verdi, the disc includes Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Ballade” Op. 107 for violin and piano, which was written for and premiered by Tossy Spivakovsky in 1940. It was left to gather dust until February 2018, when it was recovered by Dego with the assistance of the composer’s granddaughter, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco. It is now available internationally in print thanks to Edizioni Curci.