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Katherine Hunka & Irish Chamber Orchestra

By Irish Chamber Orchestra

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By Irish Chamber Orchestra, Katherine Hunka, and Nicola Sweeney. By Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), and Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). Classical. CD. Naxos #ORC100130. Published by Naxos (NX.ORC100130).

Item Number: NX.ORC100130

Conducted by Katherine Hunka.

Piazzolla's La Cuarto Estaciones Portenas ('The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires') takes us through the seasons: Verano Porteno ('Summer'), alert and enigmatic, blustery Otono ('Autumn'), the jittery liveliness of Primavera ('Spring') and a gently melancholic Invierno ('Winter'). We hear the pieces arranged for violin and strings by Leonid Desyatnikov, playfully incorporating elements from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Schubert composed his Rondo in A, D.438, in 1816, when he was still in his late teens. He never wrote a full-scale violin concerto, so this Mozartian Rondo is one of the closest things we have. Schnittke's Moz-Art a la Haydn combines an unfinished fragment by Mozart with the theatricality of Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony, uniquely conveyed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra using audible movement and effects.

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