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Petitgirard: Concertos For Violin & Cello / Hoffman, Dumay

Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  Chant Du Monde   Catalog #: 2781113   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Augustin DumayGary Hoffman
Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Polish Radio/TV ChorusPolish State Philharmonic OrchestraMonte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Laurent Petitgirard's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra may one day come to be regarded as the greatest cello concerto to be composed in the last decade of the 20th century. The composer maintains that the work "is not based on any argument" and is instead an exaltation of the cello. A dark hued work, this mellifluous piece is served well by the beautiful playing of Gary Hoffman. 'Le Legendaire' is an unusual piece not simply for its makeup - violin, chorus and orchestra - but for the fact that the chorus is sung in Esperanto. But there is no story here. Instead, this piece is simply a depiction of the mysterious figure, be it Peter Pan or Buddha, who encounters war and leaves with a message of peace. Augustin Dumay, to whom the piece is Read more dedicated, turns in a appropriately powerful performance. 'Hamelin' for solo cello is a tour de force for the cellist and is perhaps the single greatest work for solo cello since Britten's Cello Suites. Although there is no narration, the work loosely evokes in all its varying moods Robert Browning1s 'Pied Piper of Hamelin.' Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin, Chorus and Orchestra "Le Légendaire" by Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Augustin Dumay (Violin)
Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus,  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983-1984 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Bydgozsz, Poland 
Length: 21 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: The text of this work is sung in Esperanto. 
Concerto for Cello by Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Gary Hoffman (Cello)
Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Length: 24 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Hamelin by Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Gary Hoffman (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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