Hans Gal - Violin Concertos, Triptych | Avie AV2146

Hans Gal - Violin Concertos, Triptych


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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2146

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th June 2010



Avie’s support of the music of Hans Gál continues with three world premiere recordings and the label’s first foray into the composer’s orchestral works.

The album of three premiere recordings is framed by two works for violin and orchestra, both from the 1930s but written under entirely contrasting circumstances. When he wrote the Violin Concerto in 1931-32, Gál was at the height of his career and enjoying widespread recognition. By the time the Concertino was composed in 1939, his life had been turned upside down by the catastrophic Nazi occupation of Germany and later Austria, forcing Gál and his family to flee to Britain in 1938.

Despite this life-altering situation, Gál’s musical language remained remarkably steadfast – optimistic and true to his tonal core - and the differences between the Concerto and the Concertino are essentially a matter of scale, not of style.

Triptych stems from 1970 and was composed in less than a month, an astonishing burst of creative energy for one in his 80th year. A fitting testimony to Gál’s life and outlook, the work’s finale is exuberant, virtuosic and totally life-affirming

German violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, who previously recorded a disc of Gál’s chamber works with piano for Avie, has become one of the composer’s most ardent proponents. She says, “Early on, I was struck by how genuine and pure Gál’s music was … when I think of the man’s musical language: nostalgic…

In both supporting and main roles, the Northern Sinfonia give ardent performances under the baton of up-and-coming American conductor Kenneth Woods.

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