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Lazarof has a highly
developed technical command of orchestration. The Tableaux
begin and end with solo piano, and the orchestra is added
with gentle subtlety through the twenty-nine-minute work to a
climactic point of bold fanfares in the centre
[listen -- track 6, 0:00-0:52]
and maintaining a constant and colourful interest throughout.
Following closely the composition of
the Tableaux came Lazarof's Symphony No 2, written for and
dedicated to the Seattle Symphony, its two movements fitting
comfortably within a twenty-minute duration. It shows again his
command of the orchestra from its mysterious opening
[listen -- track 12, 0:00-0:58]
and through its well balanced
second movement which ends with an untroubled choral.
The Violin Concerto is more of a chamber orchestral piece,
written in the spring of 1986 mostly in Zurich, and is
rewarding in both lyrical writing for the soloist and a
gentle supporting accompaniment. At its heart is a light
and energetic Scherzo in which a piano is effectively added
to the orchestra
[listen -- track 10, 0:00-0:55].
This is a fine introduction to a composer deserving an attentive ear.
Copyright © 17 March 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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Yukiko Kamei, violin; Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Henri Lazarof (born 1932): Tableaux (after Kandinsky) for Piano and Orchestra (1989); Violin Concerto (1985-86); Symphony No 2 (1990)