Still in the Official Specialist CD Charts (September 2017)
Karlowicz (1876-1909): Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 & Violin Concerto No. 2 in A minor, Op. 61
Tasmin Little – Violin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner
Chandos CHSA5185 @ £12.25*
“here we have (in glorious surround sound) performances of these pieces which at a stroke become nigh-definitive, with the persuasive combination of Little’s strikingly poetic playing and Gardner’s typically incisive approach to the subtle orchestral writing.” CD Choice, September, SACD choice of the month.
This SACD recording brings together some of Chandos’ greatest artists in a spellbinding programme.
It follows performances that The Guardian described as “a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness” given by the same forces in January at the Barbican. After widely acclaimed recordings of Walton’s and Lutoslawski’s violin concertos, Tasmin Little again joins the BBC Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, in intensely expressive interpretations of the concertos by the Polish composers Karlowicz and Szymanowski.
All were written within the space of a generation (1902, 1916, and 1933), and yet they belong to quite different worlds. One was composed at a time of national occupation, another in the throes of wartime, and yet another at a time of national renewal. The first inhabits the lyrical tradition
developed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, the second escapes towards Debussy and the exoticism of Mediterranean influences, while the third is imbued with the folk culture of the Tatra Mountains.