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Lutoslawski, Bartok: Concertos for Orchestra
     

Lutoslawski, Bartok: Concertos for Orchestra

by Paavo Järvi
 
The Cincinnati Symphony's rapidly growing discography under music director Paavo Järvi has yet to strike a disappointing note, but this recording may be the most desirable so far. That's partly because Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra, a work that's long awaited its deserved place in the standard repertoire,

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The Cincinnati Symphony's rapidly growing discography under music director Paavo Järvi has yet to strike a disappointing note, but this recording may be the most desirable so far. That's partly because Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra, a work that's long awaited its deserved place in the standard repertoire, sounds absolutely fantastic in this performance. Composed in 1954 and relatively conservative by Lutoslawski's later standards, it's a spectacular orchestral showpiece that Järvi and the Cincinnatians make the most of. The air of foreboding in the opening "Intrada" has rarely sounded so ominous, nor has the climactic "Corale" often felt so dramatically charged. Best of all, the mysterious scampering of muted strings in the central "Capriccio" is captured here with eerie precision. In fact, even those who already know and love Lutoslawski's Concerto are sure to hear previously unnoticed details, thanks to Telarc's sonic clarity and the orchestra's meticulous preparation. Lutoslawski fans will also treasure his tiny Fanfare for Louisville (1985), but most listeners will probably come to this disc for the second half of its double feature, the Concerto for Orchestra of another Eastern European master, Béla Bartók. While there's a great deal of recorded competition for this modern repertoire staple, Järvi's interpretation easily equals any other recent recording for excitement in the outer movements and for precision of detail throughout. The trombone solo in the "Intermezzo interrotto" stands out as perhaps the most wonderfully vulgar ever, but Telarc outdoes itself for sonic finesse in moments of greater subtlety as well. In short, rising above the standards they've already set, this installment of the Järvi/Cincinnati partnership earns an even more enthusiastic recommendation than usual.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - James R. Oestreich
Here is another winner [from Jarvi and Cincinnati].... Mr. Jarvi's interpretations are everywhere persuasive, and the performances almost uniformly virtuosic. Telarc's typically expansive sound is especially gratifying in the clatter and the occasional shriek of the Lutoslawski concerto.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408061820
catalogNumber:
80618

Tracks

  1. Concerto for Orchestra
  2. Fanfare for Louisville, for orchestra
  3. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127

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