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Tigran Mansurian (b.1939): Quasi parlando / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Anja Lechner, cello. Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Mansurian, Tigran : Double Concerto, for violin, cello & orchestra
>Mansurian, Tigran : Romance, for violin & orchestra
>Mansurian, Tigran : Quasi parlando, for cello & orchestra
>Mansurian, Tigran : Concerto for Violin no 2 ("Four Serious Songs")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Issued in the wake of the great Armenian composer's 75th birthday, this important New Series album opens with Tigran Mansurian's fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto, composed in 1978, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are premiere recordings, as is Mansurian's Concerto No 2 (2006), subtitled Four Serious Songs, again with Kopatchinskaja, which concludes the program. Throughout, the soloists and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, under the direction of Candida Thompson, deliver committed performances.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Armenia, in Mansurian's vision, is like the original cradle of sound. The seamless fusion of sacred and folk influences, not displayed as 'local colour' but wholly absorbed into the music's bloodstream, the marvellous economy of line and harmony...all these help to explain the appeal...This is an intensely beautiful disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Muziekgebouw Aan't IJ, Amsterdam (10/2012).



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Works Details

>Mansurian, Tigran : Double Concerto, for violin, cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Anja Lechner (Cello)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 22 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Mansurian, Tigran : Romance, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Mansurian, Tigran : Quasi parlando, for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Anja Lechner (Cello)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Mansurian, Tigran : Concerto for Violin no 2 ("Four Serious Songs")
  • Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 22 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2006