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'The 20th-Century Concerto Grosso'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The 20th-Century Concerto Grosso'

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'The 20th-Century Concerto grosso'

d'Indy Concert, Op 89 (a) Krenek Concertino, Op 27b Schulhoff Concerto doppio, WV89 Karl-Heinz Schutz fl (b) Christoph Koncz vn

(a) Robert Nagy VC Maria Prinz pf Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner

Chandos (F) CHAN10791 (62' * DDD)

Now approaching his 90th year, Sir Neville Marriner is still adding new material to his vast discography in collaboration with the ensemble he formed in 1958. The young firebrand has long since mellowed--he is instantly recognisable in the session photograph on page 18 of the substantial multilingual booklet, less so on page 43. Fortunately the team's music-making, as captured in a classic ASMF venue, St John's Smith Square, has lost none of the old finish. The horn players who occasionally cut through the accompanying string orchestra texture of the Schulhoff are uncredited, presumably band regulars. The flute, violin and cello soloists are members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Only the scores themselves may disappoint a little as diverting rather than revelatory examples of the post-First World War reaction against the grand, soloistic traditions of the Romantic concerto. None of them can hold a candle to, say, Ernest Bloch's Concerto grosso No. 1.

Least neglected is the Concerto doppio (1927) from a composer often shoehorned into Holocaust-themed collections, a restless eclectic who acquired Soviet citizenship too late and died in captivity in 1942 in the Bavarian fortress camp of Wulzburg. …

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