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Volt 22: Works for String Orchestra by Bartók, Haydn and Shostakovich / Ensemble Allegria

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Concerto in C major, H. 14/11
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The talented young string players in Ensemble Allegria release their second album on the LAWO Classics label! On Volt 22, they present a viscerally elegant repertoire, with music rich in contrast and excitement. The featured soloist is the young Norwegian cellist Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wrvgen, who has won a number of prizes both in Norway and abroad. Each of the works on this recording is, in its own way, extreme in its contrastive display of energy, and Ensemble Allegria has garnered favorable reviews for their refreshingly energetic approach.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
These performances are quite unusual and give us a fresh approach to each of these pieces. They make the idea of playing without a conductor an educational experience and are well worth hearing. The Shostakovich, in particular, gives a feeling of tragedy to the score that I have never heard before. The recording is excellent as well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ostre Fredrikstad Church (08/18/2014-08/21/2014).



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Works Details

>Bartók, Béla : Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113
  • Conductor: Frida Warvagen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Allegria
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Church (08/18/2014-08/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Concerto in C major, H. 14/11
  • Conductor: Frida Warvagen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Allegria
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Church (08/18/2014-08/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1760

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
  • Conductor: Frida Warvagen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Allegria
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Church (08/18/2014-08/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960