Lotichius: Symfonietta for Strings, Piano Concerto No. 2, Four Songs

Lotichius: Symfonietta for Strings, Piano Concerto No. 2, Four Songs
Composer Erik Lotichius
Artist Prima La Musica
Dirk Vermeulen conductor
and Michelle Mallinger mezzo soprano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9158
EAN code 5029365915823
Release November 2009

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About this release

Erik Lotichius was born in 1929 and studied piano and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory. A thorough knowledge of the music of J.S. Bach, and his attendance at the 1948 European premiere of the Concerto for Orchestra by Bartók given by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, shaped his early language. After numerous attempts to compose in a similar style to Bartók, he produced his First Symphony in 1956. Unhappy with his compositions, and not attracted by the avant-garde, he turned to jazz and popular music, and the emergence of the New York minimalist school of Glass, Adams and Reich provided inspiration for the next phase of his compositional output.

This release includes the dance-inspired Symfonietta, the jazz-infused Second Piano Concerto and the Four Songs set to the strikingly simple, moving and beautiful poems by native Americans.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2008.
- Booklet notes about the composer and each work included.
- Unusual contemporary repertoire that crosses boundaries between classical and jazz.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symfonietta For Strings: I. Praeludium
  2. Symfonietta For Strings: II. Bluesfantasia
  3. Symfonietta For Strings: III. Zuniga
  4. Symfonietta For Strings: IV Tanganero
  5. Symfonietta For Strings: V Finale
  6. Piano concerto No.2 For Piano, Strings And 3 Saxophones: I Allegro Moderato
  7. Piano concerto No.2 For Piano, Strings And 3 Saxophones: II Andante Con Moto
  8. Piano concerto No.2 For Piano, Strings And 3 Saxophones: III Poco Allegro
  9. Four Songs On Native American Poetryfor Mezzo-Soprano & Orchestra: I With Rejoicing Mouth
  10. Four Songs On Native American Poetryfor Mezzo-Soprano & Orchestra: II The Arrival Of The Whites
  11. Four Songs On Native American Poetryfor Mezzo-Soprano & Orchestra: III On The Death Of Atahualpa
  12. Four Songs On Native American Poetryfor Mezzo-Soprano & Orchestra: IV Lord, Most Generous