This BIS album features violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow performing with the Granada City Orchestra under Kees Bakels. Kantorow's playing possesses many of the characteristics listeners may imagine when thinking of Sarasate: meticulous intonation, intense vibrato, dazzling bow technique, deft glissandos into big shifts, and gripping interpretive skills
Performers: Jean-Jacques Kantorow - violin Granada City Orchestra (Orquestra Ciudad de Granada) Kees Bakels - conductor. Throughout the history of music, many composers have had encounters with performers that would shape much of their output for years to come. Brahms had Joachim, Shostakovich had Rostropovich, and Lalo had Sarasate. The final work Lalo wrote specifically for Sarasate is the Fantaisie norvégienne, which came four years after Symphonie espagnole. This BIS album features violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow performing with the Granada City Orchestra under Kees Bakels.
In 1878 Édouard Lalo wrote to the Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate: ‘Your arrival in my life has been my greatest artistic opportunit. ithout you, I would have continued to write insignificant odds and ends’. The three works gathered here all spring from this arrival, beginning with the Violin Concerto, composed in 1873. The melodious and charming concerto held a great significance for the composer, who regarded it as his first work truly worthy of the name. In the eye of the public it was soon to be overshadowed, however
Kees Bakels Conductor, Jean-Jacques Kantorow Violin, Granada City Orchestra Orchestra. Edouard Lalo Composer. Fantaisie norveggienné, for violin and orchestra Work. Kees Bakels Conductor, Granada City Orchestra Orchestra. 4. llegretto non troppo.
By Édouard Lalo, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Kees Bakels. 1. Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 20: I. Andante - Allegro - Granada City Orchestra, 13:200:30. 2. 20: II. Andantino - Granada City Orchestra, 4:470:30. 3. 20: III. Allegro con fuoco - Granada City Orchestra, 6:010:30. Fantaisie norvegienne: I. Allegretto non troppo - Granada City Orchestra, 4:550:30. 5. Fantaisie norvegienne: II. Andante - Granada City Orchestra, 4:030:30
Lalo Symphonie espagnole. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Fantaisie norvégienne. In 1873, the year before writing Symphonie espagnole, Lalo composed another work for the great Spanish violinist Sarasate – his Concerto in F, fated to remain neglected in the shadow of its popular companion-piece. Given pride of place on this CD, however, we can hear that it’s well worth reviving; the first movement, with its fascinating tonal scheme based on dramatic alternations of minor and major, is particularly impressive. Jean-Jacques Kantorow, one of today’s most individual players, has the measure of Lalo’s Sarasate-inspired violin-writing – he’s able to toss off the virtuoso passagework in a seemingly effortless manner and his distinctive tone lends a sensuous allure to Lalo’s melodies.
COMPOSER: Édouard Lalo. PERFORMER: JeanJacques Kantorow. ORCHESTRA: Granada City Orchestra. CONDUCTOR: Kees Bakels. More from this artist. Tell us what you think.
A disc without flaws, a true marvel’ is how Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s previous recording of music by Édouard Lalo was described in the Spanish magazine Scherzo. The disc in question included three works composed for the great violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate: the violin concerto, Fantaisie norvégienne and the perennial favourite Symphonie espagnole. Two shorter violin works are included here, but the disc closes with another concerto, the Piano Concerto from 1888. It was the composer’s final major work, and in it he seems to depart from the pattern of his violin concertos, with their prominent solo parts. Fantaisie-ballet for violin and orchestra. EUR. 07. Guitare for violin and orchestra, O. 8.
Among the selections is the large-scale Concerto russe which borrows themes from two wedding songs included by Rimsky-Korsakov in his collection 100 Russian Folk Songs. Typically expressive and virtuosic, it is also one of the first important French compositions to draw upon Russian music. The album closes with another concerto, the Piano Concerto from 1888, Lalo's final major piece.