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Skalkottas - Two Concertos

Composer Nikos Skalkottas
Performer Alexandros Koustas
George Zacharias
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2554 SACD
EAN 7318599925547
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2023
Total time 57'57

The fact that Nikos Skalkottas was one of Schoenberg’s elite composition students obscures the fact that he began his career as a violinist of concert-artist level. The two concertos gathered here highlight this violinist/composer duality. The programme features the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra performed from the new critical edition, as well as the world première recording of the Concerto for violin, viola and wind orchestra. This performance is based on the first, critical edition of the work, prepared by &&&violinist George Zacharias, who also appears here as the soloist in both works.
Both concertos were composed in the late 1930s, a critical period in the life of the composer who, owing to the political situation, was unable to stay in Germany and had to return to his Athenian home. There, Skalkottas continued to work on his compositional language, resulting in an idiosyncratic system described as ‘fractal serialism’. Despite its complexity, the music also presents tonal references, a classical structure and even echoes of military bands and jazz, an allusion no doubt to the occupation forces and music banned by the authorities.
George Zacharias, with violist Alexandros Koustas, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins bring us two mature works by the Greek modernist.
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  Nikos Skalkottas
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, A/K 22 28'54
01 I. Molto appassionato 11'28
02 II. Andante spirito 9'27
03 III. Allegro vivo vivacissimo - Prestissimo 7'59
  Concerto for Violin, Viola and Wind Orchestra, A/K 25 29'00
04 I. Allegro 12'11
05 II. Andantino 8'53
06 III. Allegro vivo 7'56
  Album total 57'57
ComposerSkalkottas, Nikos
ViolinZacharias, George
OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorBrabbins, Martyn
ViolaKoustas, Alexandros

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