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LALO, E.: Concerto russe / Piano Concerto / Romance-serenade / Fantaisie-ballet (Kantorow, Volondat, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Bakels)

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release date: July 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Tapiola Sinfonietta

Bakels, Kees

Kees Bakels


Pierre-Alain Volondat


Jean-Jacques Kantorow


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 70:10
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LALO, E.: Concerto russe / Piano Concerto / Romance-serenade / Fantaisie-ballet (Kantorow, Volondat, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Bakels)

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Concerto russe, Op. 29

1 I. Prelude - Allegro 12:45
 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist
2 II. Chants russes 4:21
 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist
3 III. Intermezzo 4:00
 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist
4 IV. Introduction - Chants russes 7:45
 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist


 Kees Bakels Soloist


 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist

Guitare, Op. 28 (arr. G. Pierne for violin and orchestra)

 Jean-Jacques Kantorow Soloist

Piano Concerto in F minor

8 I. Lento - Allegro 11:14
 Pierre-Alain Volondat Soloist
9 II. Lento 6:14
 Pierre-Alain Volondat Soloist
10 III. Allegro 6:00
 Pierre-Alain Volondat Soloist
 Bakels, Kees

‘A disc without flaws, a true marvel’ is how Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s previous recording of music by Édouard Lalo was described in the Spanish magazine Scherzo. The disc in question included three works composed for the great violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate: the violin concerto, Fantaisie norvégienne and the perennial favourite Symphonie espagnole. In a review in Gramophone, the soloist was compared to his great predecessor: ‘Kantorow, one of today’s most individual players, has the measure of Lalo’s Sarasate-inspired violin-writing - he’s able to toss off the virtuoso passagework in a seemingly effortless manner and his distinctive tone lends a sensuous allure to Lalo’s melodies.’ On the present album, Kantorow plays two other works intended for Sarasate, the brief Fantaisie-ballet on themes from Lalo’s ballet Namouna, and the large-scale Concerto russe. The latter piece, in four movements, borrows themes from two wedding songs included by Rimsky-Korsakov in his collection 100 Russian Folk Songs. A typically expressive and virtuosic composition, it is also one of the first important French works to draw upon Russian music – many others were to follow. Two shorter violin works are included here, but the disc closes with another concerto, the Piano Concerto from 1888. It was the composer’s final major work, and in it he seems to depart from the pattern of his violin concertos, with their prominent solo parts. Lalo rather chooses to integrate the piano into the orchestral texture, and although the writing is redolent of the great Romantic concertos, it offers few opportunities for the soloist to show off – a possible reason for the work’s absence from modern concert programmes and its rarity on disc. Championing this solo part is Pierre-Alain Volondat, and as in the other works orchestral support is provided by the eminent Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Kees Bakels.

                        ****             (Good)

Alain Steffen -  Pizzicato magazine - October 2012

"... The recordings are exemplary in sound and balance."

Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - Awards Issue 2012

"...The Tapiola Sinfonietta is a decent little orchestra, and has made several impressive recordings for BIS, almost always conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Their most recent together was released earlier this year: Kalevi Aho’s Chamber Symphonies. Kees Bakels is probably better known as an opera conductor, but he and the Sinfonietta give an appealing, if sometimes strait-laced account of Lalo’s music..."

Byzantion - - 13 September 2012

                  ****   - Excellent disc
" ... We want more!"

Sylvain Gasser - Classica magazine - September 2012

"These players get to the heart of Fauré’s sublime Piano Quartets.They offer fresh perspectives and a compelling balance of nuance with broader lines." ****

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - October 2012


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