WOLFGANG RIHM (b.1952): Gesungene Zeit for Violin and Orchestra (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Zoltán Peskó), DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 77 (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Edo de Waart).
Catalogue Number: 11P079
Description: 'Time Chant' is a 25-minute meditative work in two sections. The first has almost the character of an accompanied cadenza, the soloist spinning a continuous glowing thread of melody, rarefied and eloquent, with only brief imitative comment from chamber groups within the orchestra. In the second the orchestra takes on a more assertive, discursive role in increasingly expressionistic textures, before withdrawing from the scene to allow the violin an ethereally whispered final word. The expressive contour of the solo line is reminiscent of Berg; the work's economy and precision, Webern. Jaap van Zweden (violin).