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Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra; Brahms (orch. Schoenberg): Piano Quartet in G minoar, Op. 25 / Fort Worth SO, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On his fourth recording for harmonia mundi, GRAMMY®-nominated conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in an all-orchestral program featuring Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms's Piano Quartet No.1. With its use of folk melodies to generate tremendous momentum and dramatic impact, the Concerto for Orchestra established Lutoslawski as Poland's leading contemporary composer. Harth-Bedoya couples this powerful and complex score with Schoenberg's rich and colorful arrangement of one of Brahms's most popular chamber works.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra was composed using a Bartokian model and incorporating folk music... when a doctrine of socialist realism was still in place. But Lutoslawski preserves his integrity in a piece that also points to his later stylistic traits, and in this newest version of an often-recorded work Miguel Harth-Bedoya steers a skilful line in reconciling these various elements.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Miguel Harth-Bedoya has moulded the Forth Worth SO into an impressively proficient band... the Peruvian puts his eager Texan charges through their paces in what is an eminently enjoyable, unexaggerated account with no want of commitment.

The Classical Reviewer, 14th May 2016
Harth-Bedoya and his players shape and phrase this music [Brahms] beautifully, bringing dynamic contrasts that re-inforce the emotional side of the music. They help this music to retain much of its original character with some very fine passages of instrumental detail laid open, often finding a brooding undercurrent ... This is a wonderfully taut, beautifully shaped performance revealing Schoenberg's wonderfully sympathetic orchestration.

The Guardian, 27th March 2016
This new entry to the catalogue shines out with its precision, vigour and clarity of sound...Schoenberg's orchestrations of Brahms always merit revisiting, not least because the odd alliance of these two contrasting composers is always so unexpected...A seriously interesting and worthwhile disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (10/02/2015-10/04/2015); Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (10/23/2015-10/25/2015).



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Works Details

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (10/02/2015-10/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950-1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (10/23/2015-10/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861