Katherine Hunka plays Piazzolla, Schubert & Schnittke | Orchid Classics ORC100130

Katherine Hunka plays Piazzolla, Schubert & Schnittke


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100130

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 17th April 2020



A dazzling programme of music for violin and orchestra performed by The Irish Chamber Orchestra, featuring Katherine Hunka (violin/director) and Nicola Sweeney (violin – Schnittke).

Piazzolla’s La Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas (‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’) takes us through the seasons: Verano Porteño (‘Summer’), alert and enigmatic, blustery Otoño (‘Autumn’), the jittery liveliness of Primavera (‘Spring’) and a gently melancholic Invierno (‘Winter’). We hear the pieces arranged for violin and strings by Leonid Desyatnikov, playfully incorporating elements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Schubert composed his Rondo in A, D438, in 1816, when he was still in his late teens. He never wrote a full-scale violin concerto, so this Mozartian Rondo is one of the closest things we have. Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn combines an unfinished fragment by Mozart with the theatricality of Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony, uniquely conveyed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra using audible movement and effects.

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