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Classical, Orchestral
ECM New Series
March 31, 2014

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Quasi Parlando is an important addition to ECM's documentation of the work of Tigran Mansurian, an often breathtaking account of highly original contemporary chamber orchestra music. Issued in the wake of his 75th birthday, the album presents four works for soloists and strings, and marks the ECM debut of the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, winner of the 2013 Gramophone Awards 'Record of the Year'.

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 (4727842), the String Quartets (4763052), and the choral album Ars Poetica (4763070).

Personnel: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Anja Lechner (cello), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson (leader, conductor)

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(4 stars) The style in the two works ranges from a kind of primal intensity to the most private of intercessions. The soloists and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson handle everything as to the manner born.

The Irish times, (Michael Dervan), June 13, 2014

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Key Value
Catalogue number 4810667
Barcode 0028948106677
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 118g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Double Concerto for violin, violoncello and string orchestra (1978), I. Largo concentrando 13:09
2. II. Largo sostenuto 09:37
3. Romance for violin and string orchestra (2011) 09:24
4. Quasi parlando for violoncello and string orchestra (2012) 08:00
5. Concerto No 2 'Four Serious Songs' for violin and string orchestra (2006), I. Andante con moto 06:20
6. II. Andante mosso, agitato 07:43
7. III. Allegro vivace 01:08
8. IV. Con moto, molto semplice 07:10