HENRI MARTEAU (1874-1934): Violin Concerto in C, Op. 18 (reorch. Raoul Grüneis [b.1964]), Serenade for 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet and 2 Bassoons, Op. 20.
Catalogue Number: 01U004
Label: Solo Musica
Reference: SM 299
Description: The huge, 48-minute concerto has an odd history: written in 1916 while Marteau was under house arrest in Germany for the duration of the war, it was dedicated to fellow violinist-composer Tor Aulin, the Swede who had died in 1914 and it was premiered in Sweden in 1919 with Marteau as soloist and Stenhammar conducting. Although demanding great skill and technique, it is not a flashy concerto but one where the form and size of the work demand great concentration from the soloist. Yet, somehow the original edition of the concerto and its printing plates vanished. And the notes don’t say any more about it. But a 1974 German Radio rehearsal tape was what conductor Grüneis used, along with the printed piano score, to reconstitute the orchestration heard here (so the plates vanished after 1974? Or what?). Anyway, a giant of a Romantic Violin Concerto has been restored to us here, coupled with a bright and cheerful 17-minute wind Serenade which, surprisingly enough, comes from the same year as the concerto. Deutsche Radio Philharmonie; Raoul Grüneis.