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Commissioned by the Suntory Music Foundation, and dedicated to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who premiered the work with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in October, 2002. With performance notes. Printed from the autograph. Duration ca. 25 minutes.
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Commissioned by the BBC for the 2000 Proms, and premiered by violinist Thomas Zehetmair and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to the memory of Sir William Glock. A full-length concerto in one movement for large orchestra.
Originally composed as a Concertino in three movements, ending with a Gigue, in 1952. Rewritten two years later into a full-fledged concerto, with the addition of a 4th movement. Dedicated to Chantal Juillet, and premiered in February 1954 by the BBC Scottish Orch, Erich Gruenberg, vln, composer…
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Contents: I. Archeopteryx -- II. Lakebed memories -- III. The rise of birds. With program notes. Commissioned by Ann Akiko Meyers for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The music was inspired by ancient animals.
In one movement. Dedicated to Andre Gertler. Scored for a smaller orchestra of winds and brass in twos, timpani, percussion, celesta and strings. Printed from manuscript.
Written for Joshua Bell at the request of Roger Norrington. Premiered in New York, September 1993. A virtuoso work in four movements. Duration ca. 42 minutes.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47; Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, op. 61; Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a minor, op. 72. Reprints from scholarly European and Russian editions. Instrumentation.
These three concertos are extravagant in nature and highly lyrical. Saint- Saens instantly memorable melodies are a feature of all of his best known works. Beautifully crafted, irresistably violinistic and wistfully melodic.