Today marks the release of Francesca Dego’s new recital disc on Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with her regular duo partner, pianist Francesca Leonardi. Stravinsky’s eponymous Suite Italienne forms the starting point for their homage to the aesthetic and influence of twentieth-century Italian musical style. Other repertoire on the disc includes Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B minor as well as three world premiere recordings of works by the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His Ballade op. 107 for violin and piano was written for and premiered by Tossy Spivakovsky in 1940, but since then has been unperformed until February 2018, when it was recovered by Francesca Dego with the assistance of the composer’s granddaughter Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Celebrated for her sonorous tone, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, Francesca Dego is one of the most sought after young violinists on the international scene. Signed in 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon, she released her highly anticipated first concerto disc featuring works by Paganini and Wolf-Ferrari alongside the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Daniele Rustioni in 2017, garnering widespread praise. In 2018/19 highlights include the Hallé and Ulster Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Orquesta de Sevilla and Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana at Palau de les Arts, Orchestre de Nice, and Milan’s “La Verdi” and Parma’s Filarmonica Toscanini orchestras.

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