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PETITGIRARD: Cello Concerto / Le Legendaire / Dialogue

Composer(s):Petitgirard, Laurent
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Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557602
Label Naxos
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“I write what I hear without trying to define any criteria other than emotion and rhythm”. Laurent Petitgirard is an eclectic musician with a compelling melodic gift, who combines a career as a composer of orchestral and film music with that of an international conductor. This disc contains three of his concertos for string instruments. Dialogue for Viola and Orchestra is conceived as a chamber music piece, but with a large symphony orchestra. The aim of the Cello Concerto is simply to demonstrate the extraordinary qualities of this marvellous instrument. Le Légendaire, a concerto for violin, chorus and orchestra in one movement, concentrates on the confrontation, and then on the communion, between the violin on one

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2007

Laurent Petitgirard has enjoyed the dual career as a major conductor and a prolific composer of film and concert scores, his recent appointment as the Music Director of the Orchestre Colonne one of a series of prestige posts. The Dialogue for Viola and Orchestra dates from 2002, but like much of Petitgirard's output it stylistically could have been written fifty or more years ago, its structure based on tonality, clashing harmonies and robust colours adding a modern dimension to the score. Though it was the composer's intention that the work should emerge as a concertante score creating a dialogue between the �soloist' and orchestra, on disc that does largely depend on the balance engineer, and here the viola is placed well to the fore. It is far from easy and requires a soloist

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