GEORGE TSONTAKIS (b.1951): Man of Sorrows for Piano and Orchestra, Sarabesque for Piano, ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951): 6 kleine Klaverstücke, Op. 19, ALBAN BERG (1885-1935): Piano Sonata, Op. 1, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): Variations, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 09J077
Reference: CDA 67564
Description: Man of Sorrows is an extended concertante composition in six sections (the number six, the Biblical number of incompleteness, also plays a role in the musical material). As the title suggests, the work has a Biblical inspiration, and centers on the crucifixion as its central dramatic episode. Aside from brief quotations from Beethoven, Tsontakis' own vocabulary is rooted in tonality, with rich harmony and sumptuous orchestration. In some episodes the highly colored chromatic chordal writing in the piano part, as well as a certain block-like solidity and repetitive insistence of the underpinning orchestral texture evokes distinct memories of Messiaen. Progressing from innocence through crisis, optimism, somber resignation and finally arriving at a renewal of the questioning innocence of the opening, the work is a effective and emotionally engaging piece, readily accessible and approachable. Stephen Hough (piano), Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton.