HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Violin Concerto, Op. 39, Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 52, Triptych for Orchestra, Op. 100.
Catalogue Number: 07M082
Description: One couldn't ask for more lyrical, appealingly melodic, truly joyous music, transparently scored and beautiful on the ear than Gál's two violin-and-orchestra works. The concerto is from 1932 and was his last work performed in Germany before he was stripped of his posts by the Nazis while the Concertino (1939) is the only work he composed during his first two years in England. The latter has only two movements, the second using a Rigaudon dated 1716 as a theme, which Gál saw on a manuscript in a case in the British Museum. The heart-easing quality of both these works shows that music was an escape to ideals and transcendant values for Gál, rather than a mirror of the times. The boisterousness, vigor and contrapuntal energy of the orchestral Triptych of 1970 belies its composer's advanced age, its Impromptu and Comedy outer movements sandwiching a slightly darker Pavane. Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin), Northern Sinfonia; Kenneth Woods.