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Mansurian: Quasi Parlando / Kopatchinskaja, Lechner, Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta


Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002027402  
Composer:  Tigran Mansurian
Performer:  Patricia KopatchinskajaAnja Lechner
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Issued in the wake of the great Armenian composer’s 75th birthday, this important ECM New Series album opens with Tigran Mansurian’s fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto, composed in 1978, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are premiere recordings, as is Mansurian’s Concerto No 2 (2006), subtitled Four Serious Songs, again with Kopatchinskaja, which concludes the program. Throughout, the soloists and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, under the direction of Candida Thompson, deliver committed performances. Issued in the wake of the great Armenian composer’s 75th birthday, this important ECM New Series album opens with Tigran Mansurian’s fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto, composed in 1978, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are premiere recordings, as is Mansurian’s Concerto No 2 (2006), subtitled Four Serious Songs, again with Kopatchinskaja, which concludes the program. Throughout, the soloists and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, under the direction of Candida Thompson, deliver committed performances. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Tigran Mansurian
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Anja Lechner (Cello)
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978 
2. Romance for Violin and Strings by Tigran Mansurian
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin)
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
3. Quasi Parlando by Tigran Mansurian
Performer:  Anja Lechner (Cello)
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
4. Concerto for Violin no 2 "Four Serious Songs" by Tigran Mansurian
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin)
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Written: 2006 

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