The Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi was born at Zagarolo, near Rome, on 16 July 1904. He was trained at a choir school and later studied music in his spare time. His works are predominately neoclassic, and the development can be traced in a series of eight Concertos for orchestra written between 1933 and 1972. He died in Rome on 3 March 2003.
Ensemble. Modern Italian Music in Rome - Works by Francesco Pennisi, Goffredo Petrassi and Marcello Panni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Roman Pietas - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Petrassi and Shostakovich in Rome
Ensemble. A Pleasure Garden - Two summer concerts on an evening in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Short Bittersweet Opera - Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Successful and Fulfilling - On the rediscovery of the Italian symphonic tradition, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Record Box. Superb Performances - Ursula Oppens plays Elliott Carter, celebrated by Patric Standford
Profile. Luciano Chailly - The career of one of Italy's most striking musical personalities, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett, who met and interviewed him