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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
“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.”
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.”