State Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk, Rainer Held
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This CD brings together Poulenc’s ever-popular Organ Concerto, Anton Arensky’s luscious Variations on a theme of Tschaikovsky (written in memory of the composer just after his death) and a new organ concerto by Carl Rütti. Rütti’s concerto offers ample proof why he is one of Switzerland’s most popular classical composers today, with its rhythmic drive, melodic invention and skilful orchestration. His ‘Blackbird Scherzino’ movement showcases Rütti’s love of birdsong, here brilliantly depicted by the organ together with two solo violins, temple blocks and cymbals. Martin Heini brings the organ part of the Rütti and Poulenc concertos vividly to life, and is accompanied subtly by the virtuosic State Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk under Rainer Held.
“this is such an outstanding and breathtaking performance that many will feel the work can never sound so good again. Heini is a true virtuoso for whom Rutti's exacting demands seem second nature...Rutti's Concerto is clearly a cut above the rest, not least, I would dare to suggest, the Poulenc with which it shares both orchestration and this disc.”
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