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Sitsky: Violin Concertos 1 & 3 / Jan Sedivka

Release Date: 03/02/1999 
Label:  Tall Poppies   Catalog #: 124   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Larry Sitsky
Performer:  Jan Sedivka
Conductor:  Vanco CavdarskyChristopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraTasmanian Opera Chorus membersLyric Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Larry Sitsky is an Australian composer of major distinction and is honored here with two outstanding works performed by, and dedicated to, a fellow Australian of international renown, Jan Sedivka. Sitsky has always had a life-long interest in extramusical pursuits and has sought to infuse mystical and visionary themes in his works. But in contrast to other like-minded contemporaries (such as Pärt and Górecki), Sitsky's music is far more rugged and demanding (for both listener and performer alike). Utilizing a wide compositional palette that evokes an amalgam of twelve-tone techniques with the splashy brass and percussion of Varčse and late Stravinsky, the First Violin Concerto is an incredibly detailed work of shifting meters and colors and Read more one with an intensely difficult part for the soloist. The Third Violin Concerto has similar existential aims. Although Sitsky has not sought to emulate Chinese music in this piece influenced by "I Ching" philosophy, traces of Chinese music, particularly the use of Chinese portamento (slide) are effectively utilized throughout the piece. These are serious works in committed performances by Sedivka who, because of the demands made by the composer, evinces a wide-ranging talent. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin no 1 "Mysterium Cosmographicum" by Larry Sitsky
Performer:  Jan Sedivka (Violin)
Conductor:  Vanco Cavdarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,  Tasmanian Opera Chorus members,  Lyric Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Australia 
Date of Recording: 7/8/1974 
Venue:  Studio 720, ABC Odeon, Hobart, Australia 
Length: 36 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Concerto for Violin no 3 "I Ching: The 8 Trigrams" by Larry Sitsky
Performer:  Jan Sedivka (Violin)
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Australia 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Studio 720, ABC Odeon, Hobart, Australia 
Length: 36 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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