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André Jolivet: Selected Works / Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Alexander Korneyev, flute et al.; Radio France PO; USSR State SO; Latvian SSR State SO; Moscow Radio SO; Jolivet; Rozhdestvensky; Sinaisky

Album Summary

>Jolivet, André : Concerto for flute & string orchestra
>Jolivet, André : Concerto for Cello no 2
>Jolivet, André : Concerto for bassoon, string orchestra, harp & piano
>Jolivet, André : Piano Concerto
>Jolivet, André : Symphony no 1
>Jolivet, André : Danses Rituelles (5) for orchestra (or piano)
>Jolivet, André : Rapsodie à 7 for winds, strings & percussion
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On the threshold of the 40th anniversary of death of the prominent 20th century French composer André Jolivet, Firma Melodiya presents a set of French master works. Jolivet's works combined diverse features of the 20th century art – on the one hand, new musical means (polytonality, atonality), echoes of jazz and non-European musical cultures, on the other hand choral polyphony of the renaissance era, and also clarity and accuracy of statement not devoid of theatrical affectation so characteristic of French art. This is perhaps why concerto in its various versions remained one of the main genres to him. On this releases André Jolivet's works are performed by Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Alexander Korneyev (flute), Valery Popov (bassoon) and others. The Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio is conducted by the author, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Polyansky; the Latvian SSR Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Vasily Sinaisky.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Flute Concerto (1949) has its also heartfelt melody. Cello Concerto (1966), the solo cello enters from the bottom of its range. Cello Concerto (1966), the solo cello enters from the bottom of its range. The part demands a lot of multi-stopping for a more expressionist effect. Jolivet integrates its several cadenzas into the dialog. In other words, he actually makes them interesting. Mstislav Rostropovich's intelligent performance responds accordingly. The Bassoon Concerto (1954) has its soloist enter from high to low over dense chords. Jolivet shows real will power in not having its part imitate Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps. The player needs to rove over the whole range of the instrument; I'd guess the part's a bear to perform. Popov's breath control is impressive in some extended staccato passages in high register. The Piano Concerto (1950) was originally a ballet in three symphonic pictures - Africa, the Middle East and Polynesia. Symphony 1 (1950) is like Honegger in an acerbic mood, with good orchestration, intense at every point. The second subject is lengthy, with pointillist accompaniment. The entire movement has terrific momentum, and even with all its acidity the final effect is bracing. The Five Ritual Dances (1939) are more like mood pieces. The Rhapsody for Seven (1957) reflects its descriptive titles - Determined, Hieratic, and Incisive. That last adjective could apply to this entire set. Melodiya's sound is fine. Most are concert performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris (1969); The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1969); Paris (1976); The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1976); Paris (1981); The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1981); Paris (1982); The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1982); Paris (1996); The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1996).



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>Jolivet, André : Concerto for flute & string orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Korneyev (Flute)
  • Conductor: André Jolivet
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949

>Jolivet, André : Concerto for Cello no 2
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: André Jolivet
  • Ensemble: Latvian SSR Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Jolivet, André : Concerto for bassoon, string orchestra, harp & piano
  • Performer: Vuk Popovic (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Jolivet, André : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Valery Kastelsky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Jolivet, André : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: André Jolivet
  • Running Time: 23 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953

>Jolivet, André : Danses Rituelles (5) for orchestra (or piano)
  • Conductor: André Jolivet
  • Running Time: 24 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jolivet, André : Rapsodie à 7 for winds, strings & percussion
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern