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Weill, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Marwood, Et Al


Release Date: 11/15/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67496   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peteris VasksKurt Weill
Performer:  Anthony Marwood
Conductor:  Anthony Marwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kurt Weill (1900-1950) began his career in the early 1920s after a musical childhhod and several years of study in Berlin with the composer-pianist Ferruccio Busoni. By 1926 he was an established young German-Jewish composer but he had already decided to devote himself to the musical theatre (he married the actress Lotte Lenya in 1926) and his works with Bertolt Brecht soon made him famous all over Europe. He fled the new Nazi leadership in March 1933 and lived in America for his remaining years. Weill composed his violin concerto in 1924; its orchestration and harmonies suggest the Second Viennese School and sit somewhere between Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Weill injects humorous and morose themes often mixing the two together as if they Read more were indistinguishable. He uses the soloist-versus-orchestra format, the violin often competing against angular rhythms in the orchestra with an agitated lyrical line; there is also noticeable jazz influence. The violin concerto by Latvian-born Peteris Vasks (b1946) could not be further removed from Weill's astringent work. As with many composers who emerged from eastern Europe in the 1980s - such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki - Vasks' music has a very strong spiritual theme, in particular the tension between contrasting worlds - good and evil. His concerto for violin is fragile, beautiful and otherworldly, with just a small section of chaos depicting the fight of evil which is soon stamped out. Anthony Marwood's silvery tone and immaculate intonation is again on display in this fascinating disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra "Distant Light" by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Conductor:  Anthony Marwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997; Latvia 
2.
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Conductor:  Anthony Marwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 

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