In Celebration of Mario’s 125th birthday

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

On April 3, 1895,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence “in the shadow of the Duomo,” as he liked to say.  Although his guitar compositions have always been popular, his chamber music, works for solo piano, orchestral music, and art songs were rarely performed for many years. Fortunately, in recent times his catalog has been rediscovered by a new generation of artists and audiences, in an ever-expanding collection of marvelous recordings. This rediscovery due in no small part to the availability of new editions of his compositions, primarily The Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection from Edizioni Curci, under the leadership of Angelo Gilardino, as well as from Ricordi, Theodore Presser, Alphonse Leduc, Carl Fischer, and others.  In honor of Mario’s 125th birthday, the composer’s family would like to thank all of the artists and scholars who have dedicated their passion, sensitivity, and energy into presenting this music, and the story behind it, to the public.

Highlighted below are some noteworthy recordings from the last 10 years (2010-2020) . Although it’s not a complete discography, we have tried to include everything of which we are aware. If your recording is not listed, kindly contact us (  At this time of great fear and uncertainty around the world, we invite you to take comfort in this music and the beautiful community that has grown around it. 

CDs entirely dedicated to the music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, 2010-2020 

*Indicates that the CD includes world premiere recording(s) 


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco The Importance of Being Earnest. Odyssey Opera, Gil Rose, conductor (Odyssey Opera)*


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Dedications. Angelo Arciglione, piano (Digressione Music)*

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Works for Cello and Piano. Enrico Dindo, cello; Alessandro Marangoni, piano (Naxos)*

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Works. Angelo Marchese, guitar (Brilliant Classics)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Time Regained: Early works for solo guitar. Giacomo Palazzesi, guitar (Brilliant Classics)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Works for Violin and Piano. Alberto Bologni, violin, Carlo Palese, piano (EMA Vinci)*


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto/Transcriptions for cello and piano. Houston Symphony; Kazuki Yamada, conductor;  Brinton Averil Smith, cello; Evelyn Chen, piano (Naxos)*

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Music for Violin and Piano. 3 CD set. Grand Duo Italiano: Mauro Tortorelli, violin/viola, Angela Meluso, piano (Brilliant Classics)*

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Violin Concerto No. 3. David Alogna, violin; Federico Stassi, viola; Roberto Trainini, cello; Fiorenzo Pascalucci, piano (Naxos)*

Exotica: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Angelo Arciglione, piano; Eleonora Turtur, violin (Digressione Music)*

The Eclectic Piano Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, David Witten, piano (Albany Records)


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Complete Music for Soprano and Guitar. Joanna Klisowska, soprano; Guilio Tampalini, guitar (Brilliant Classics) *

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Works, Alfonso Soldano, piano (Divine Art)*

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Shakespeare Sonnets Op. 125 and Duets Op. 97. Valentina Coladonato, soprano; Mirko Guadagnini, tenor; Filippo Bettoschi, baritone; Genova Vocal Ensemble, Roberta Paraninfo, conductor; Claudio Proietti, piano (Brilliant Classics)*

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Works for Guitar. Roberto Tascini, guitar; Matteo Bernetti Evangelista, guitar (Guitart)

Piano Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Mark Bebbington, piano (SOMM)


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Quintets 1 & 2. Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, piano; Aron Quartett (CPO) *

What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand to Record? Salvatore Champagne, tenor; Howard Lubin, piano (Oberlin Music) *


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Music. Claudio Curti Gialdino, piano (Brilliant Classics) 

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Violin Concerto No.2 “I Profeti” / Concerto Italiano. SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Pieter-Jelle de Boer, conductor; Tianwa Wang, violin (Naxos) *

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Appunti, Op  210, Enea Leone (Brilliant Classics)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Platero & I, Colin Fox, narrator; Simon Wynberg, guitar (ATMA Classique)


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Evangelion. Alessandro Marangoni, piano (Naxos)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Complete Music for Two Guitars, Duo Pace Poli Cappelli: Andrea Pace, Cristiano Poli Cappelli, guitar (Brilliant Classics) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Shakespeare Sonnets. Ashley Riches, Baritone; Emma Abbate Piano (Resonus)


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Concertos 1 & 2, solo piano works. Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Stefan Malzew, conductor; Pietro Massa, piano (Capriccio) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Platero y yo. Minie Minarelli, narrator; Ermanno Brignolo, guitar (DotGuitar) [with narration in Italian]


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, Four Dances from “Love’s Labor’s Lost”. Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia, conductor; Alessandro Marangoni, piano. (Naxos) *

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Concerto / Quintet / Romancero Gitano.  Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano & Trento, Luigi Azzolini, conductor; String Quartet of the Haydn Orchestra; Coro Polifonico Castelbarco; Giulio Tampalini, guitar. (Concerto)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Les guitares bien tempérées op. 199. Solo Duo: Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela (Solaria)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Morning in Iowa. David Knopfler, narrator and ensemble 05: (Lorenzo Micheli, guitar; Angelo Montanaro, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone; Giorgio Dellarole, accordion; Daniele De Pascallis, double bass; Daneile Vineis, percussion;  Massimo Felici, conductor and banjo (SMC Records)*


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Complete Organ Works. Livia Mazzanti, organ (AMG) *

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Shakespeare Overtures,Vol 1. West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Penny, conductor (Naxos)*

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Shakespeare Overtures,Vol 2. West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Penny, conductor (Naxos)*

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Works, Vol 1.  Aldo Ciccolini, piano (Phoenix Classics) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Works, Vol 2.  Aldo Ciccolini, piano (Phoenix Classics) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Works, Vol 3. Aldo Ciccolini, piano (Phoenix Classics) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Works, Vol 4. Aldo Ciccolini, piano (Phoenix Classics) 

Castelnuovo-Tedesco music is also included on the following CDs: 


Arioso: Music for Cello and Piano. Amedeo Cicchese, cello, Barbara Panzarella, piano (Brilliant Classics)

Capriccio Italico. Antonio D’Alessandro, guitar. (DotGuitar)

Exiles in Paradise: Émigré Composers in Hollywood. Brinton Averil Smith, Cello; Evelyn Chen, piano. (Naxos)

Laureate Series Guitar recital. Ji Hyung Park, guitar  (Naxos)

Music for Guitar and Choir by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Campogrande, & Jappelli. St. Martin’s Chamber Choir; Nicolò Spera, guitar (Brilliant Classics)


A Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Rafaello Ravasio, guitar; Samuele Amidei piano; (Éditions Habanera) 

Fantasia Italiana. Poesis Duo. Riccardo Cervato, guitar; Alberto Massetto, piano. (Fluente Records)

Harp Music, Liliana Safikhanova, harp (Tactus)

Salut d’Amour. Aldo Ciccolini, piano; Stefano Grondona, guitar (Stradivarius)

Songs of Love and Exile, A Sephardic Journey. Channa Malkin, soprano; Izhar Elias, guitar (Brilliant Classics) 

Souvenirs of Spain and Italy. Sharon Isbin, guitar, Pacifica Quartet (Cedille) 


Cello Concertos. Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Massimiliano Caldi, conductor; Silvia Chiesa, cello (Sony Classical)

Colori della Toscana. Piera Dadomo and Vincenzo Torricella, guitar (Christophorus) 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Vogelweide, Enrico Desideri. Leonardo De Lisi, tenor; Luca Trabucchi, guitar (Stradivarius) *

Laureate Series Guitar Recital.  Marko Topchii, guitar (Naxos)

Laureate Series, Guitar Recital. Tengyue Zhang, guitar (Naxos)

Prelude. Campbell Diamond, guitar (DotGuitar)

Suite Italienne. Francesca Dego, violin; Francesca Leonardi, piano (Deutsche Grammophon)*

Suites and Homages. Renata Arlotti, guitar (Stradivarius)


A Guitar for Segovia. Javier Somoza, guitar (Brilliant Classics)

Canciones del Corazón. Reinhardt University Chamber Singers, Matthew Anderson, guitar (ACA Digital)

Cello Concertos by Exiled Jewish Composers. Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Nicholas Milton, conductor; Raphael Wallfisch, cello (CPO)*

Italians. Marco Minà, guitar.  (Novantiqua Records)

La Tregua: Songs from a lost world of Italian-Jewish Composers, Vol II. Caroline Helton, soprano;  Kathryn Goodson, piano (Blue Griffin)

Laureate Series Guitar Recital. Xavier Jara, guitar (Naxos)

Mertz/Castelnuovo-Tedesco/Schwertberger. Marco Minà, guitar; Annamaria Paradiso, piano. (Novantiqua Records)

Suites and Sonatas, Marcelo Kayath (Guitar Coop)


Guitar Duo Recital: Images from the South. Amadeus Guitar Duo (Naxos)


20th Century Violin Concertos. Orchestra della Svizzera Toscana, Tito Ceccherini, conductor; Domenico Nordio, violin (Sony Classical)

Colloquio Con Andres Segovia. Andrea De Vitis, guitar (DotGuitar)

Harp Concertos. Orchestre d’Auvergne, Roberto Forés Veses, conductor; Naoko Yoshino, harp (Aparte)

Seascapes. Janice Weber, piano (Sono Luminus)


Autumn of the Soul, Lorenzo Micheli, guitar (Contrastes Records)

Laureate Series Guitar Recital. Junhong Kuang, guitar (Naxos)

L’Infinito: Songs from a Lost World of Italian-Jewish Composers 1910-1945. Caroline Helton, soprano, Kathryn Goodson, piano (Equilibrium)


Chamber Music for Guitar and Piano. Goran Krivokapic, guitar; Corneli Smit, piano (KSG Exaudio)

Exile: Piano Music by Composers with Roots in Two Continents. Eric Le Van, piano (Music and Arts)

Laureate Series Guitar Recital. Rovshan Mamedkuliev, guitar (Naxos)


Elise Neumann. Elise Neumann, guitar (Brilliant Classics)


Bach to Tan Dun. Beijing Guitar Duo: Meng Su, Yameng Wang, guitar (Tonar Music)

Laureate Series Guitar Recital. Irina Kulikova (Naxos)