BBC Concert Orchestra / Lorraine McAslan / Amy Dickson
Loeffler: Divertissement Espagnol, La Vilanelle du Diable and more
- Type CD
- Label Dutton Epoch
- UPC 0765387731328
- Catalog number CDLX 7313
- Release date 27 March 2015
About the album
Charles Martin Loeffler was a significant American composer of the generation who came into prominence before the First World War. In this pioneering programme of first recordings, distinguished soloists and the BBC Concert Orchestra explore the music Loeffler wrote soon after he became an American citizen in the 1880s and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Soloist Lorraine McAslan brilliantly rises to the music’s very considerable technical demands, velvet-toned in the Une Nuit de Mai, a sumptuous musical picture of a spring night in the Ukraine. In the extended Divertissement in A minor – effectively a three-movement violin concerto – McAslan throws off Loeffler’s virtuosic passagework with aplomb and his romantic tunes with gorgeous tone.
Prizewinning soloist Amy Dickson delights with the compact Divertissement Espagnol for saxophone and orchestra. The programme is completed with the vivid symphonic fantasy La Villanelle du Diable (The Devil’s Round).
11Divertissement Espagnol for saxophone and orchestra I. Moderato
12Divertissement Espagnol for saxophone and orchestra II. Andante
13Divertissement Espagnol for saxophone and orchestra III. Allegro moderato
14La Villanelle du Diable op.9 I. Presto
15La Villanelle du Diable op.9 II. Grave
16Une Nuit de Mai for violin and orchestra I. Lento
17Divertissement in A minor for violin and orchestra I. Préambule
18Divertissement in A minor for violin and orchestra II. Eclogue
19Divertissement in A minor for violin and orchestra III. Carnaval des Morts