Colin Matthews - Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto no.2, Cortege
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Label: NMC Recordings
Cat No: NMCD227
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 24th June 2016
ArtistsLeila Josefowicz (violin)
Anssi Karttunen (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
ConductorsOliver Knussen (conductor)
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Rumon Gamba (conductor)
Over four decades Colin’s output of over 130 works has ranged from solo piano music through five string quartets and many ensemble and orchestral works. This album showcases three of his large-scale orchestral pieces; the dark, Mahlerian Cortège (1988) being the earliest work recorded here. Matthews’s Violin Concerto (2009) was composed for Leila Josefowicz and Colin says it “emerged naturally from her musical personality, style and technique”. Matthews’s Cello Concerto no.2 (1996) was composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave its first performance with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, London, on 17 September 1996.
Three great works, then, to celebrate the three-score-and-ten of a remarkable musical polymath.
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