RODION SHCHEDRIN (b.1932): Concertos for Orchestra No. 4 "Roundelays" and No. 5 "4 Russian Songs", Crystal Psaltery.
Catalogue Number: 05L098
Description: Dating from 1989 and 1998, both concertos are single-movement works using folk-like motifs of the composer's creation (the 28-minute Roundelays using a single melodic fragment which is woven into a sophisticated, every changing kaleidoscope of orchestral colors, the Songs using three of Shchedrin's own creation and one collected by Rimsky-Korsakov in a 21-minute piece evoking travels in a troika across a Russian landscape). For something entirely different, the 1994 Psaltery is dedicated to Takemitsu and like that composer's works is a contemplative study in sonorities. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits.