Wellesz: Violin Concerto; Prosperos Beschwörungen

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COMPOSERS: Wellesz
LABELS: Orfeo
WORKS: Violin Concerto; Prosperos Beschwörungen
PERFORMER: Andrea Duka Löwenstein (violin); Vienna RSO/Gerd Albrecht
CATALOGUE NO: C 478 981 A
Nearly 30 years, and a creative silence, separate the ‘five symphonic pieces’ Prosperos Beschwörungen (1934-5) and the Violin Concerto (1961) of Egon Wellesz, whose career as an Oxford don specialising in Byzantine chant has for too long eclipsed his parallel life as a composer, Schoenberg-trained and Mahler-influenced. Both are powerful works, well worth investigating. Antony Bye

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