Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner – Szymanowski & Karlowicz: Violin Concertos (2017) MCH SACD ISO

Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner – Szymanowski & Karlowicz: Violin Concertos (2017)
SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz  | 01:12:56 minutes | 3,3 GB | Genre: Classical | © Chandos

This SACD recording brings together some of Chandos’ greatest artists in a spellbinding programme.

It follows performances that The Guardian described as ‘a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness’, given by the same forces in January at the Barbican. After widely acclaimed recordings of Walton’s and Lutosławski’s violin concertos, Tasmin Little again joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, in intensely expressive interpretations of the concertos by the Polish composers Karłowicz and Szymanowski.

All were written within the space of a generation (1902, 1916, and 1933), and yet they belong to quite different worlds. One was composed at a time of national occupation, another in the throes of wartime, and yet another at a time of national renewal. The first inhabits the lyrical tradition developed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, the second escapes towards Debussy and the exoticism of Mediterranean influences, while the third is imbued with the folk culture of the Tatra Mountains.

It’s not all show; she is sensitive to dynamics too…The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the astute direction of Edward Gardner, offer keen support…[in the Szymanowski] Little’s lustrous tone and ethereal top notes are bathed in an orchestral accompaniment that glitters and glistens. – Gramophone Magazine, October 2017

Tasmin Little can certainly take her place alongside these, and could be a first choice for the Szymanowskis. – MusicWeb International, December 2017


Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 25:26
I. Vivace assai 5:25
II. Ancora poco meno – Tempo comodo 6:28
III. Vivace scherzando 4:19
IV. Tempo comodo 3:28
V. Vivace 5:46

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61 20:27
I. Moderato molto tranquillo 11:28
II. Allegramente molto energico 3:53
III. Andantino molto tranquillo 2:14
IV. Tempo I 2:52

Mieczysław Karłowicz: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8 27:15
I. Allegro moderato 12:39
II. Romance. Andante 7:37
III. Finale. Vivace assai 6:59

Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)




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