ROBIN HOLLOWAY (b.1943): Violin Concerto, Horn Concerto.
Catalogue Number: 10J117
Description: Holloway's violin concerto has not a little in common with Romantic models; a distinguishing feature of the composer is his rejection of academic modernism for its own?sake in favour of a vocabulary which admits rich harmony and unabashed tonality. The glittering, highly original orchestration (with much percussion) also suggests a preoccupation with color and sensuousness rather than adherence to particularly constructional principles. The soloist is given a traditional role as eloquent protagonist, though emphasizing sustained musical argument rather than displays of empty virtuosity. A tonal core to the work is provided by a Fauré song, transcribed into the texture, and structural originality is provided through the inclusion of nine jewelled 'windows'; episodes which illuminate the texture of the work, suggesting light from a dimension outside the work's immediate concerns. The horn work is more neo-classical, with something of Richard Strauss and Bruckner about it; there is also an easy-going "British Light Music" element which lends the work a witty, divertimento character (though at over half an hour and with a demanding solo part it is far from insubstantial). Ernst Kovacic (violin), Barry Tuckwell (horn), Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Matthias Bamert. Original 1994 Collins Classics release.