BORIS PAPANDOPULO (1906-1991): Piano Concerto No. 3, Violin Concerto, Op. 125.

Catalogue Number: 04S003

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 100-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: cpo’s second Papandopulo disc (08Q008 from Aug. 2014 is the first) brings a huge 46-minute violin concerto from the war years. Completed in 1943 and premiered in Zagreb iin March of the next year, the score was sent to the composer’s Berlin publisher for a performance in Munich which never took place and the score was not rediscovered and returned to Papandopulo until 1969. Croatian folk elements are woven throughout whether through the use of an authentic popular song in the slow movement or with a handful of folk dances in the finale while the big first movement, with a hymn-like prologue reminiscent of Bach’s St. John Passion, weaves various folk elements into its harmonic language. The half-hour-long piano concerto comes from 1959 and stands out for the dominance of jazz in its finale - Yugoslavia was the only Communist country where western popular music was not proscribed. Impressionism, popular song, faux folksong, even a twelve-note row, are thrown into the wildly entertaining and possibly parodistic first movement while the lyrical slow movement has hints of jazz and Bartók. More please! Oliver Triendl (piano), Dan Zhu (violin), Rijeka Opera Symphony Orchestra; Ville Matvejeff.

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