Szymanowski & Karlowicz - Violin Concertos | Chandos CHSA5185

Szymanowski & Karlowicz - Violin Concertos

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5185

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st September 2017



Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Edward Gardner


Karlowicz, Mieczyslaw

Violin Concerto in A major, op.8

Szymanowski, Karol

Violin Concerto no.1, op.35
Violin Concerto no.2, op.61


Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Edward Gardner


This SACD recording brings together some of Chandosís greatest artists in a spellbinding programme. It follows performances that The Guardian described as Ďa thrilling show of ferocity and feistinessí, given by the same forces in January 2017 at the Barbican. After widely acclaimed recordings of Waltonís and Lutosławskiís 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 Karłowicz 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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