MIHAILO TRANDAFILOVSKI (b.1974): Violin Concerto, Strike-Flow for Ensemble, 6 Pieces from Cekori for 2 Violins, Crystal Threads for Violin, A-de-scent for Ensemble, String Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 05N084
Reference: LNT 132
Description: The folk music of his native Macedonia is a constant presence in Trandafilovski's pieces here, manifested as a certain rough-hewn, energetic stamping dance quality (with literal stamping and percussive effects) in the livelier sections of Strike-Flow, A-de-scent and the concerto. Slow, suspended sections tend to be more tonal, even frankly diatonic. As violinist with the Kreutzer Quartet, the composer unsurprisingly writes challenging and idiomatic music for his instrument, notably the violin duos from his cycle 'Steps', which explore aspects of contemporary music in the style of études. The Quartet, written for the Kreutzers, amply utilises the potential of the ensemble, again alternating wild folk dancing and meditative material, with some finely judged microtonal inflections. The concerto is a work of restless energy, strongly rhythmic with the Macedonian folk element well to the fore, in an harmonic vocabulary that is tough and dissonant but by no means unapproachable. The first is more of an integrated ensemble piece than the second, in which the virtuosic solo part takes the spotlight with an extended cadenza, after which the music subsides in a tonal epilogue with gradually diminishing density. Peter Sheppard Skærved, Caroline Balding, Mihailo Trandafilovski (violins), Kreutzer Quartet, Lontano; Odaline de la Martinez.