VOLKMAR ANDREAE (1879-1962): Piano Concerto in D, Konzertstück in B Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 40, Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 32.
Catalogue Number: 07P004
Reference: GMCD 7394
Description: Our second orchestral disc of this Swiss composer's music brings more late Romantic riches in the 27-minute piano concerto of 1898 whose three movements, unusually, are played attacca. It is a remarkably "mature" sounding work, Brahmsian in language and general demeanor and with no fireworks for the soloist; Volkmar was a pretty serious guy as a 19-year-old! The 16-minute Konzertstück of 1900 has a similar profile, with a virtuosic solo part but, again, not a display piece. The vein of melody is notably Romantic and there is a Tchaikovskian and Lisztian sense of drama. The violin works are rather later: the Rhapsody from 1920, a lovely and lyrical effusion of 12 minutes which was performed both by Francescatti and Szigeti. The concerto is a later work (1935), more concentrated (just under 20 minutes in all), using a smaller orchestra, expressive and original rhythmically and in instrumentation. Andreae continues to be a remarkable rediscovery and we can only hope that there is more to come. Fali Pavri (piano), Christian Altenburger (violin), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marc Andreae.