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QT 2052

Mozetich/ Langer/Schnittke: Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

New Prague Sinfonia


West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra


Mikel Toms


Roman Mints


Kristine Blaumane

cello

Maxim Rysanov

viola

Venue:

Olympic Studios, Barnes, London

21-22 September 2005 (Langer & Schnittke)

CNSO Studios, Prague

28 October 2005 (Mozetich)

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen



Engineer:

Mike Cox

(Langer & Schnittke)

Milan Jilek

(Mozetich)

Record Label
Quartz

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 68:47
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MARJAN MOZETICH

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1 

Affairs of the Heart

23:26
  Concerto for violin and string orchestra  
 Roman Mints
 Mikel Toms
 

ELENA LANGER

 

Platch (for violin and string orchestra)

16:05  
2 I 10:22
3 II 5:43
 Roman Mints
 Mikel Toms
 

ALFRED SCHNITTKE

 

Concerto for Three

21:48  
  Concerto for violin, viola, cello and chamber orchestra  
4 I Moderato - Allegretto 6:44
5 II (Larghetto) 4:20
6 III Largo 5:05
7 IV (Allegro) 2:06
8 V Menuetto 3:23
   
  BONUS TRACK  
 

ED BENNETT

9 

Sometimes It Rains

7:38
  From 'Game Over' - Quartz Catalogue Number: QTZ2010  


Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Affairs of the Heart was completed on 1 August 1997 - just three years after Schnittke’s Concerto for Three. Mozetich chose not to follow the standard three-movement, virtuosic showcase concerto model, instead allowing the violin a fluid relationship with the orchestra in a single movement which ebbs and flows between different tempi and atmospheres. At the end of the work, the music of the slow introduction returns. It was while Mozetich was writing this passage that he learned of the death of David Morris, to whose memory the work is dedicated.

The devices of minimalism are audibly in evidence during Affairs of the Heart - the explicitly drawn musical evolution is there - yet this is combined with a serene, graceful Romantic freedom, at times even reminiscent of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, which lifts Mozetich’s music beyond any hint of chugging inevitability, allowing the soloist to soar with unfettered emotion. This quality was instantly recognised by listeners to CBC Radio’s broadcast of the work. The network’s switchboards lit up, and it received many accounts of "the driveway experience"" - when listeners are so entranced by what they are hearing that they remain in their cars until the work’s end, long after they’ve arrived home.

"...Another first-rate performance rounds out a highly recommended issue, which even the most conservative of readers should urgently seek out." 

International Record Review


                          Performance  * * * * *

"The Russian violinist Roman Mints demonstrates a huge talent in this stimulating disc of contemporary works...The emotive demands of the solo part require Mints to scale vertiginous heights: as a showpiece of hysterical lament, Elena Langer’s Platch succeeds admirably...With the version [of Schnittke’s Concerto for Three] by its dedicatees Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Rostropovich currently unavailable this is a highly competitive account." 

BBC Music Magazine 




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