ALEXANDER TANSMAN (1897-1986): Triptyque, WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994): Overture, 5 Folk Melodies, GYÖRGY ORBÁN (b.1947): Court Dances, GYÖRGY SELMECZI (b.1952): Concerto for 4 Violins and Strings.
Catalogue Number: 11Q060
Description: Tansman's 1930 Triptyque is given in its string orchestra form here; it's a three-movement work characterized by a nervous rhythmic energy in its outer movements and a calm slow one. Two more of Lutoslawski's early tonal pieces are here, the 1949 overture a bit more advanced in style than the folk songs of 1945. Both works on the Hungarian half of the disc are First Recordings and both are tonal and neo-classical in style with Selmeczi throwing in references to gypsy style, Romantic violin virtuoso stuff and Bartókian folk style and Orbán basing his five-movement piece on 17th century Hungarian court music and sounding like similar reference pieces by English composers of the 20th century who mined Elizabethan consort music for the modern form of the string orchestra. Erdödy Chamber Orchestra; Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski.