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Tigran Mansurian
Quasi parlando

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
Anja Lechner violoncello
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Candida Thompson lead violin
Double Concerto
for violin, violoncello and string orchestra
I Largo concentrando
II Largo sostenuto

for violin and string orchestra

Quasi parlando
for violoncello and string orchestra

Four Serious Songs
for violin and string orchestra
I Andante con moto
II Andante mosso, agitato
III Allegro vivace
IV Con moto, molto semplice

Recorded October 2012

ECM New Series 2323

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Issued in the wake of the great Armenian composer’s 75th birthday, this New Series album opens with Tigran Mansurian’s fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto, composed in 1978, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are premiere recordings, as is Mansurian’s Concerto No 2 (2006), subtitled Four Serious Songs, again with Kopatchinskaja, which concludes the programme. Throughout, the soloists and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by Candida Thompson, deliver committed performances.