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Concerto Russe - Piano Concerto

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1890
Release date2012-05-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100 Hz

‘A disc without flaws, a true marvel’ is how Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s previous recording of music by Édouard Lalo was described in the Spanish magazine Scherzo. The disc in question included three works composed for the great violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate: the violin concerto, Fantaisie norvégienne and the perennial favourite Symphonie espagnole. In a review in Gramophone, the soloist was compared to his great predecessor: ‘Kantorow, one of today's most individual players, has the measure of Lalo's Sarasate-inspired violin-writing - he's able to toss off the virtuoso passagework in a seemingly effortless manner and his distinctive tone lends a sensuous allure to Lalo's melodies.’ On the present disc, Kantorow plays two other works intended for Sarasate, the brief Fantaisie-ballet on themes from Lalo’s ballet Namouna, and the large-scale Concerto russe. The latter piece, in four movements, borrows themes from two wedding songs included by Rimsky-Korsakov in his collection 100 Russian Folk Songs. A typically expressive and virtuosic composition, it is also one of the first important French works to draw upon Russian music – many others were to follow. Two shorter violin works are included here, but the disc closes with another concerto, the Piano Concerto from 1888. It was the composer’s final major work, and in it he seems to depart from the pattern of his violin concertos, with their prominent solo parts. Lalo rather chooses to integrate the piano into the orchestral texture, and although the writing is redolent of the great Romantic concertos, it offers few opportunities for the soloist to show off – a possible reason for the work’s absence from modern concert programmes and its rarity on disc. Championing this solo part is Pierre-Alain Volondat, and as in the other works orchestral support is provided by the eminent Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Kees Bakels.
 
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  Composer: Lalo, Édouard
  Concerto russe for violin and orchestra, Op.29 29:16
01 I. Prelude – Allegro 12:50 $ 2.70 USD
02 II. Chants russes. Lento 04:26 $ 0.93 USD
03 III. Intermezzo. Allegro non troppo 04:03 $ 0.85 USD
04 IV. Introduction – Chants russes. Andante – Vivace 07:57 $ 1.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lalo, Édouard
  Romance-Sérénade for violin and orchestra
05 Romance-Sérénade for violin and orchestra 05:53 $ 1.24 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lalo, Édouard
  Fantaisie-ballet for violin and orchestra
06 Fantaisie-ballet for violin and orchestra 09:06 $ 1.91 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lalo, Édouard
  Guitare for violin and orchestra, Op.28
07 Guitare for violin and orchestra, Op.28 03:16 $ 0.69 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lalo, Édouard
  Piano Concerto 24:02
08 I. Lento – Allegro 11:20 $ 2.38 USD
09 II. Lento 06:15 $ 1.31 USD
10 III. Allegro 06:27 $ 1.35 USD
 
  Album total 01:11:33
ComposerLalo, Édouard
ConductorBakels, Kees
ViolinKantorow, Jean-Jacques
OrchestraTapiola Sinfonietta
PianoVolondat, Pierre-Alain

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