DAVID GOMPPER (b.1954): Violin Concerto, Ikon for Violin and Orchestra, Flip, Spirals for 2 Violins and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 05M083

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559637

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: The concerto adheres to the traditional three-movement form, with the soloist very much in the foreground in a lively dialogue with the orchestra. The music is predominantly, though ambiguously, tonal, avoiding the obvious in a searching, highly expressive musical argument. This is especially striking in the poignant, eloquent slow movement. Ikon is a serious impressive, dark-hued tone-poem based on the imagery and symbolism of Icons of the eastern Church. Flip, despite its punning, and apparently, er, flippant, borrowings, is a rather driven, hard-edged orchestral toccata, while Spirals applies the Fibonacci Sequence to the compositional parameters of the piece, leading to an intriguingly intricate, organic form. Wolfgang David (violin), Peter Zazofsky (second violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Emmanuel Siffert.

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