WOLFGANG FORTNER (1907-1987): Concerto for Violin and Large Chamber Orchestra (Southwest Radio Orchestra Baden-Baden; Hans Rosbaud. Sept. 9, 1950), HANS PFITZNER (1869-1949): Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 34 (RIAS Symphony Orchestra; Rudolf Kempe. April 17, 1955), MAX BRUCH (1838-1920): Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 (Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Müller-Kray. Sept. 9, 1954).
Catalogue Number: 06I113
Reference: 642 1443-2
Description: Fortner wrote his concerto for Taschner in 1947 and several successes prompted Furtwängler to invite the latter to perform it with the Berlin PO in 1949, at one of whose concerts a recording on a previous MD&G release (07E110) was made. The work is in three movements, lasting some 22 minutes, and is in a Hindemithian neo-classical style with a motoric drive and difficult rhythms in its outer movements and a pungently chromatic slow movement. The Pfitzner is only otherwise available in the cpo cycle of his symphonic works so collectors of these two composers may well find this offering attractive. Gerhard Taschner (violin).