ADAM WESOŁOWSKI (b.1980): Euphory Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra, Silver Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra, Encore Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Industrial Sinfonia.
Catalogue Number: 07W068
Description: Attractive, undemanding tonal works that radiate a sense of optimism and well-being. The euphoric Euphory Concerto for euphonium may indeed be undemanding for the listener, but it was composed as a virtuoso vehicle for the remarkable euphonium soloist Steven Mead, and is accordingly not short of technical demands. The first movement is lyrical, making the most of the solo instrument's mellifluous singing character. The second is a humorous scherzo, with slaps and percussive plosives on the euphonium mouthpiece and body emulating 'beatbox' rhythm, and the finale is a vigorous , bravura dance. The Silver Concerto uses the silvery tones of the harpsichord and the keys of A and G major (Ag being the chemical symbol for silver) to paint an evocative portrait of the historic silver mines of Tarnowskie Góry. The first and third movements are sonorous and slow, illustrating the city’s long history; the even numbered movements a mechanistic depiction of the busy clatter of tools on rock, and a vigorous folk dance, with hammering sounds augmenting the percussion. Recorded sounds of water dripping, plopping and splashing in the flooded shafts and tunnels of the silver mine add atmosphere to the work. The Encore Concerto for flute comprises five movements any combination of which can be played in any order, or individually as encores. Three are fast and playful - a high-energy toccata, a fluttering, scampering solo cadenza, and a lively, syncopated dance, ending with an extraordinary passage in which the soloist plays the instrument's headjoint like a bird call; and two are slow and lyrical, one gentle and songlike, the other warm, sun-drenched and stately, with quarter-tone inflections of the quasi-vocal solo line. The Industrial Sinfonia is strongly rhythmic and repetitive, a real piece of machine music, incorporating sounds recorded in the Kościuszko steelworks in Chorzów. Its three sections - fast-slow-fast - are based on variations of the same limited but memorable material, and the whole is a sonically impressive construction. Steven Mead (euphonium), Aleksandra Gajecka Antosiewicz (harpsichord), Łukasz Długosz (flute), Silesian Chamber Orchestra; Robert Kabara, AUKSO - Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy; Marek Moś (Industrial Music).