Navona Records offers listeners a fresh taste of today’s leading innovators in orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and experimental music as well as prime pieces of classic repertoire. Our music is meticulously performed by the finest musicians and handpicked to ensure the most rewarding listening experience.
PARMA Recordings is a New England-based music company specializing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and commercial recording as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing, and licensing/publishing. Our work spans classical, jazz, rock, experimental, and more, and features artists such as Grammy-winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer prize-winner Lewis Spratlan, Pete Townshend of The Who, renowned percussionist Steve Gadd, and former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow among others.
PARMA’s music has been featured in projects and programming from CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS, C-SPAN, National Geographic, A&E, Showtime, Microsoft, and numerous other media outlets, and we are dedicated to creating the highest quality music and presenting it in unique, innovative, and engaging recorded and live formats.
On his latest Navona Records release, RITORNELLO, composer and pianist Curt Cacioppo revisits the beloved country of Italy, recalling places, friends, Italian tales, Don Giovanni, and more to create a detailed sonic story about his experiences and Italian heritage.
The three movements of Divertimenti in Italia reflect on different regions of Italy: the town of Alberobello and its unique conical dwellings called trulli; the culture and mountainous terrain of northern Italy; and the musical air of Catania in Sicily. From the Dolomites to Etna, a group of seven piano pieces, not only illustrates various parts of the Italian landscape, but makes reference to stories such as Dante's Inferno in "Nel mezzo del cammin" and presents a musical parody of an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni in "Burlesca." Women at the Cross is a collection of depictions of women who are significant in the Passion of Jesus Christ, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate, and Veronica, the woman who wiped Jesus' face.
Curt Cacioppo is currently a professor of music at Haverford College and devotes his energies to playing music of his contemporaries. As a collaborative pianist, Cacioppo has concertized with the Quartetto di Venezia, members of the Guarneri String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National and Boston symphonies, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and many more.
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