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Nikos Skalkottas: Piano Concerto No. 2; Tema con Variazioni
     

Nikos Skalkottas: Piano Concerto No. 2; Tema con Variazioni

by Nikos Christodoulou
 
This SACD's substantial program illustrates the techniques and styles Nikolaos Skalkottas explored in his last 12 years, and reveals him to be much more than just another dutiful disciple of Schoenberg. Connected groups of twelve-tone rows are employed in both the "Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra" (1937) and the "Tema con variazioni"

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This SACD's substantial program illustrates the techniques and styles Nikolaos Skalkottas explored in his last 12 years, and reveals him to be much more than just another dutiful disciple of Schoenberg. Connected groups of twelve-tone rows are employed in both the "Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra" (1937) and the "Tema con variazioni" (1949), while free atonality is used in the "Little Suite for strings" (1942), and undisguised traditional tonality in the "Four Images" (1948). One may deduce from the interchangeability of methods that Skalkottas' personal expression required flexibility with procedures, and that his use of Schoenberg's system -- or any other -- could never be dogmatic. Insofar as Skalkottas expresses in his "Concerto" a heady mixture of post-Romantic lavishness with Expressionistic angst, he sounds similar to Berg; yet he refined his language and adopted a dryer, neo-Classical outlook in the 1940s, which is apparent to varying degrees in the remaining works, regardless of the different methods of pitch organization. Pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge asserts himself in the "Concerto," though the solo part is rather densely supported by the orchestra, and occasionally Madge's sound is absorbed into the thick textures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nikos Christodoulou, is clear and resonant, and the 5.0 sound is exceptional.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599914848
catalogNumber:
1484

Tracks

  1. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra
  2. Tema con Variazioni
  3. Little Suite for Strings
  4. Images (4), for orchestra

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