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Gal: Concertino for Cello & Strings / Sharp, Woods, English Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2380  
Composer:  Hans Gál
Performer:  Matthew Sharp
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bringing to light another of Hans Gal’s gorgeously melodic and finely crafted scores, AVIE presents the world premiere recording of the Austrian émigré’s Concertino for Cello and String Orchestra with Matthew Sharp supported by Gal aficionado Kenneth Woods conducting the English Symphony Orchestra. Gal’s compositional output was vast, varied and consistent, from his early success in 1920s Germany, through internment during World War II, to his days in Edinburgh where he settled, became a respected academic and lived out his long life. His vivacious Cello Concertino was written in 1965, when he was 75 years old. The two spirited solo cello works were among his last, written at the age of 92. “hats off to conductor Kenneth Woods Read more for making a case for Gal’s elegantly built orchestral pieces… Here’s hoping this is the beginning of a substantial Gal revival.” (National Public Radio’s All Things Considered) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Cello and Strings, Op. 87 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Matthew Sharp (Cello)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
2.
Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 109a by Hans Gál
Performer:  Matthew Sharp (Cello)
3.
Suite for Cello solo, Op. 109b by Hans Gál
Performer:  Matthew Sharp (Cello)

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