NIKOLAI ROSLAVETS (1881-1944): Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (world premiere recording).

Catalogue Number: 11K003

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA 67637

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Two concertos, only eleven years apart, yet illustrating completely different parts of Roslavets' career. The first (1925) is a big (39 minutes) work using a large orchestra and is in the composer's "avant garde" style, using his "synthetic chords" which he developed from his interest in late Scriabin and the whole work is shot through with that ecstatic, febrile and visionary quality one associates with Scriabin and also, Szymanowski. This is the only recording of the work currently available. In 1929, Roslavets had been declared an "Enemy of the People" and spent some years working in Uzbekhistan at a local theatre. Coming from just after his return to Moscow, the second concerto is smaller both in length (19 min.) and is scored for a smaller orchestra. Harmonically simplified and more strongly tonal, it evokes Uzbek folk music and provides the soloist with much complicated and bravura work while the melodic material itself remains rather simple. Alina Ibragimova (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Ilan Volkov.


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