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With its use of folk melodies to generate tremendous momentum and dramatic impact, the Concerto for Orchestra (1954) established Witold Lutos?awski (1913-1994) as Poland’s leading composer and an international force in concert music.
Here it is coupled with another showpiece: Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor arranged for full orchestra by Arnold Schöenberg (1937).
Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
I. Intrada. Allegro maestoso
II. Capriccio notturno ed Arioso. Vivace
III. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale. Andante con moto
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla zingarese. Presto
27th March 2016
“This new entry to the catalogue shines out with its precision, vigour and clarity of sound...Schoenberg’s orchestrations of Brahms always merit revisiting, not least because the odd alliance of these two contrasting composers is always so unexpected...A seriously interesting and worthwhile disc.”
“Miguel Harth-Bedoya has moulded the Forth Worth SO into an impressively proficient band…the Peruvian puts his eager Texan charges through their paces in what is an eminently enjoyable, unexaggerated account with no want of commitment.”
The Classical Reviewer
14th May 2016
“Harth-Bedoya and his players shape and phrase this music [Brahms] beautifully, bringing dynamic contrasts that re-inforce the emotional side of the music. They help this music to retain much of its original character with some very fine passages of instrumental detail laid open, often finding a brooding undercurrent … This is a wonderfully taut, beautifully shaped performance revealing Schoenberg’s wonderfully sympathetic orchestration.”
“Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra was composed using a Bartokian model and incorporating folk music…when a doctrine of socialist realism was still in place. But Lutoslawski preserves his integrity in a piece that also points to his later stylistic traits, and in this newest version of an often-recorded work Miguel Harth-Bedoya steers a skilful line in reconciling these various elements.”