SAMY MOUSSA (b.1984): Violin Concerto “Adriano”, ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983) Violin Concerto, Op. 30, LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion.
Catalogue Number: 12W059
Reference: AN2 8920
Description: Montréal-born and now resident in Germany, Moussa wrote his concerto, subtitled Adrano in reference to an ancient fire god who was said to have lived under Mount Etna which inspired the composer when he visited it, in 2019, when it was premiered by the OSM and soloist Andrew Wan, led by Kent Nagano, on November 28th.. The Concerto consists of four movements: two principal ones – the first and the third – separated by a cadenza and concluding with an epilogue. It opens with a slow introduction in the low flutes and a pair of double basses. From this sound mass, the solo violin emerges with an ascending scale until it reaches a more melodic passage, where a new slow section begins. This material is heard twice, each time resulting in a climax; the second of these is more decisive and intense. The second movement is an accompanied cadenza featuring arpeggios of harmonics. The third movement, centred around the note B, is quick and relentless. For an epilogue we hear a variant of the concerto’s slow introduction leading to a quiet, serene ending. Andrew Wan (violin), Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano.