Magazine article Gramophone

'20Th-Century Harpsichord Concertos'

Magazine article Gramophone

'20Th-Century Harpsichord Concertos'

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'20th-century Harpsichord Concertos' Kalabis Harpsichord Concerto, Op 42 Leigh Concertino Nyman Harpsichord Concerto Rorem Concertino da camera Jory Vinikour hpd Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra / Scott Speck Cedille (F) CDR90000188 (75' * DDD)

If you're looking for compelling contemporary harpsichord concertos beyond the usual suspects (Falla, Poulenc, Martinu) in outstanding, superbly engineered performances, this disc is for you, and for any serious music lover at that.

Although Walter Leigh's charming and joyfully contrapuntal Concertino has seen several fine recordings (Neville Dilkes--EMI/Warner, 4/72--and the pioneering Decca 78s with Kathleen Long on piano--Dutton, 6/48, 11/01), the present version boasts superior soloist/ ensemble rapport in regard to Jory Vinikour's crisp articulation and the finesse of the Chicago Philharmonic's string section under Scott Speck. In moments when you think you're settling into minimalist comfort zones, Michael Nyman's Harpsichord Concerto quickly shatters your expectations as he steers rhythmic patterns in different directions or abruptly changes the mood and the subject (the declamatory unison string melody at 1'22" in the fourth section). While an air of authenticity unquestionably permeates the composer-led premiere recording featuring the late Elisabeth Chojnacka as soloist (EMI/Warner, 11/97), Vinikour and Speck deliver more exciting and vibrant results all around. Interestingly, Ned Rorem's early and recently rediscovered 1947 Concertino (recorded for the first time here) holds more interest for its diverse instrumentadon (the imaginative trumpet licks, for example) than for its relatively notey and anonymous harpsichord-writing. …

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