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Colin Matthews (b.1946): Violin Concerto; Cortège; Cello Concerto No. 2 / Leila Josefowicz, violin. Anssi Karttunen, cello

Album Summary

>Matthews, Colin : Concerto for Violin
>Matthews, Colin : Cortege, for orchestra
>Matthews, Colin : Concerto for Cello no 2
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

British composer Colin Matthews has enjoyed a flourishing compositional career since the 1970s. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his services to music. In addition to his compositional career, Matthews is also the founder and Executive Producer of NMC Recordings. The focal point of this album, his Violin Concerto, was premiered by Leila Josefowicz with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in September 2009 under the direction of Oliver Knussen. Knussen and Josefowicz appear on this recording as well, alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
[Leila Josefowicz has] unlocked a sensuous outpouring from Matthews, a concerto of lithe purpose and natural flow... the fearless Josefowicz brings her unique improvisatory energy, finding exuberant equals in Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

CD Review
Lyrically rewarding and memorably orchestrated with the textures constantly shifting.

Financial Times
The Violin Concerto (2009) and the Cello Concerto No.2 (1996) - inhabit a world half way between Berg and Britten, where nervy, restless detail in the background gives way to a core of expressive lyricism.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Josefowicz is superb - radiant and pointed - in the concerto written for her. CortFge is colossal; and Karttunen dexterously finds his way through the Second Cello Concerto.

Sunday Times, 29th May 2016
[CortFge's] dark, drum-beating, funereal character has, paradoxically perhaps, a more direct appeal than the Violin Concerto (2009), given by the brilliant Leila Josefowicz...The large-scale Cello Concerto No 2 (1996), written for Rostropovich, finds a fine exponent in Anssi Karttunen.

The Guardian, 23rd June 2016
Josefowicz, for whom Matthews tailored [the Concerto], soars high above the orchestra as if on a thermal...[CortFge is] sombre but driven - monumental, yes, but one somehow feels inside the monument rather than gazing on it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Maida Vale Studios, London (04/23/2002-04/24/2002); The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (04/23/2002-04/24/2002); The Royal Albert Hall, London (04/23/2002-04/24/2002); Maida Vale Studios, London (07/28/2010); The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (07/28/2010); The Royal Albert Hall, London (07/28/2010); Maida Vale Studios, London (12/19/1998); The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (12/19/1998); The Royal Albert Hall, London (12/19/1998).


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Works Details

>Matthews, Colin : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007-2009
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Matthews, Colin : Cortege, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1988

>Matthews, Colin : Concerto for Cello no 2
  • Performers: Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Studios, London (04/23/2002-04/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1995-1996