Donizetti: Double Concerto, Etc / Kovács, Camerata Budapest

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A collection of wholly agreeable music, stylishly written and elegantly performed. The emphasis is on charm, lyricism, and vivacity—something to serenade and divert the listener. Donizetti treats the soloists as vocalists; the music is always expressive. For the most part, this music is played in reconstructions and in others’ orchestrations. But all seems most sympathetically researched and, where necessary, edited and arranged. The Clarinet Concertino mixes pathos and good humor, and the hunting finale of the Oboe Concertino is ear catching. The work for English horn (cor anglais) was written for a now defunct instrument; the cor anglais sounds slightly uncomfortable here, despite the player’s best efforts, and is cast as a theme and variations, the theme reminds of one used by Schubert in his music for Rosamunde. Beginning the CD is a short fancy for woodwind nonet, rather Mozartian, and closing the program is the most operatic music here, written for the funeral of a violinist, and culminating in the manner of a Rossini overture, with a crescendo. If the music appeals, then this release can be regarded as a winner. The recording is excellent: airy, tangible, and well defined.

Colin Anderson, FANFARE

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8557492

  • UPC: 747313249220

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti

  • Conductor: László Kovács

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Budapest

  • Performer: Agnes Girgas, András Kiss, Béla Kovács, Imre Kovács, József Kiss, Judit Kiss Domonkos