Violin and Viola Concertos -
as heard by PETER DALE
'beautifully played ... sensitively directed ...'
Born near Brno in 1928, Tucapský, through his teaching, conducting
and compositions, represents a direct line back through Czech music to Novák
and Janácek himself. However, as a teacher of composition at Trinity
College until his retirement in 1997, he has had a tremendous influence
on British musical composition. A similar influence on performers is likely
to have taken place through the many pieces of his which have found their
way onto syllabuses of the Associated Board Exams.
His choral and vocal music is well known too, but his orchestral music
much less so. Here, at last, we have two substantial pieces available on
disc. They are beautifully played, with intense commitment by the soloists
and orchestras sensitively directed by the respective conductors. The forms
of both concertos are quite free and tend towards a pattern of orchestral
tuttis interspersed with cadenza-like periods of rumination. Tucapský
knows his instruments well: the writing is never less than intensely idiomatic,
though both soloists wear their virtuosity lightly. Particularly in the
case of the Viola Concerto, a small repertoire has been considerably enriched
by the addition of this piece.
Copyright © 3 April 2002
Peter Dale, Danbury, Essex, UK
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