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David Gompper: Violin Concerto

> Violin Concerto - I. Vivace, fuoco
> Violin Concerto - II. Andante, cadenza
> Violin Concerto - III. Presto
> Ikon - Ikon
> Flip - Flip
> Spirals - Spirals

Album Summary

>Gompper, David Karl : Concerto for Violin
>Gompper, David Karl : Ikon, for violin & orchestra
>Gompper, David Karl : Flip, for orchestra
>Gompper, David Karl : Spirals, for 2 violins & string orchestra (or piano)
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Honored in 2009 with an Academy Award, David Gompper has traveled the world working as a pianist, conductor and composer, developing along the way a fascination with all manner of things, from the experience of echoes in the mountains to the images of popular TV and film, and even old Russian icons. Putting such disparate ideas into play, his music often has a tightly-organized yet free flowing character that makes it endlessly fascinating.

American Record Guide
... I am very impressed. I feel refreshed that such exceptional music is still composed in these times of artistic apathy.

The incredible Wolfgang David takes the stage with the Violin Concerto. This Austrian violinist is extraordinary. His playing is exceptionally rich and opulent and can also be frighteningly delicate and distant when necessary.

What an absolute delight!

Fanfare
... this release is the first of what I hope will be many full discs devoted entirely to his music. Gompper is a superb composer, and these four excellent works are presented in first-rate, composer-supervised performances. Gompper has related that the inspiration of the work comes from hearing echoes in the mountains (with shapes both predictable and unpredictable). The opening movement is very dramatic, the second movement beautifully lyrically, and the third joyous. This is an exhilarating and deeply expressive piece.

The performances by the Royal Philharmonic are excellent. Violinist Wolfgang David has performed more of Gompper's music than probably any other single performer, and he plays it with conviction and deep understanding. Strongly recommended.

MusicWeb International
Sound quality is very good in the tried and tested, and indeed handsome, acoustic of the Henry Wood Hall. The two soloists are well balanced against the orchestra. The only minor complaint is that David's microphone seems to be strapped to his face, so audible is his breathing in the quieter violin passages. Gompper has supplied his own interesting notes for the booklet, which also features a cover photo by Eric Gompper, who might just be a relative.

Classical Lost and Found
Done in Henry Wood Hall, London, the recordings are very good. They present these delicately scored works in crystalline detail across a convincing soundstage in an ideally reverberant space. Herr David's ravishing violin tone is accurately captured and balanced against the orchestra. The instrumental timbre is for the most part musical with only an occasional hot spot. Audiophiles who are contemporary music enthusiasts will definitely want this disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (12/09/2009-12/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Gompper, David Karl : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Wolfgang David (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Siffert
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Gompper, David Karl : Ikon, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Wolfgang David (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Siffert
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Gompper, David Karl : Flip, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Siffert
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Gompper, David Karl : Spirals, for 2 violins & string orchestra (or piano)
  • Performers: Wolfgang David (Violin); Peter Zazofsky (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Siffert
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007