Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando
It opens with the Armenian composer's fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and String Orchestra, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi Parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are world premiere recordings, as is the Violin Concerto No 2, subtitled Four Serious Songs, which concludes the programme. Throughout, the soloists deliver committed performances, as does the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Candida Thompson.
In terms of textural density, Mansurian's music has seen some changes in the thirty years that separate the composing of the Double Concerto and the Four Serious Songs, but his aesthetic stance has been consistent, both works sharing an immediacy of expression and rigorous creative will. At the same time, the composer encourages a degree of creative freedom from his music's interpreters: "What is important is what the music needs, not what I need", he said in a talk at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, immediately before the recording of these pieces in October 2012.
Tigran Mansurian's music was first heard on ECM with the recording Hayren (released in 2003), where his pieces were brought together with music of his great formative influence, the ethnologist, composer and priest, Komitas. Subsequent Mansurian recordings include Monodia, the String Quartets, and the choral album Ars Poetica.
Personnel: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Anja Lechner (cello), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson (leader, conductor)
- Double Concerto for violin, violoncello and string orchestra (1978), I. Largo concentrando
- II. Largo sostenuto
- Romance for violin and string orchestra (2011)
- Quasi parlando for violoncello and string orchestra (2012)
- Concerto No 2 'Four Serious Songs' for violin and string orchestra (2006), I. Andante con moto
- II. Andante mosso, agitato
- III. Allegro vivace
- IV. Con moto, molto semplice
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