TZVI AVNI (b.1927): Piano Concerto, Solo Piano Works: In Spite of All That - Sonata brevis, 4 Autumn Interludes, On the Verge of Time, From There and Then - Passacaglia, Andante meditativo.
Catalogue Number: 08W009
Label: Hännsler Classic
Description: Stravinsky, Bartók and Prokofiev mix with elements of the 20th century avant-garde with a seasoning of Jewish songs with Phrygian and “oriental” content in the 2010 concerto written for the pianist here. The solo pieces date from 1993 to 2016 and declamatory ideas or recitative-like tones occasionally shine through. Avni frequently refers to Jewish moods or melodies. The pieces are for the most part powerful, sometimes loud, with a dense sound texture, and self-confident, even in the reflective sections. The harmony is dominated by dense, often cluster-like sounds that color the chords and the modal style has all but disappeared. The arpeggio-like runs typical of his pianistic style continually break up the texture, providing a driving force. Heidrun Hoffmann (piano), Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern; Jamie Phillips.