KARLOWICZ & SZYMANOWSKI’s Violin concertos with Tasmin Little

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* “Ardent support from the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner perfectly frames Tasmin Little’s exquisitely manicured lyricism and joyful flights of fancy in the exuberantly realised finale of Karlowicz’s concerto.  She’s even more striking in the two Szymanowski concertos.

This SACD recording lends Chandos’ customarily excellent sound a vivid immediacy.”

BBC Music Magazine, November 2017This programme makes undeniable sense. All three works were written in the space of around 30 years, and their composers shared a love of the Tatra Mountains…[Little] doesn’t initially let herself go. Yet working closely with Edward Gardner and the BBC SO, eventually she enters the music’s seductive web.”

Gramophone, November 2017Tasmin Little trills exquisitely in the stratosphere to close the second movement [Karlowicz: Violin Concerto], while the finale dances joyously.”
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.

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