Addressing the concerto only on this CD: I teach a graduate course on 20th to 21st-century Piano concerti. This unique and spectacular work by George Tsontakis is at the top of my list. The piano concerto in the last hundred years has been represented by a host of masterpieces, from Stravinsky to Schoenberg to Bartok (3) to Messiaen (not titled as concerti) and Schnittke, to name a few of these. May I add to the list this sublime one by Tsontakis. Perhaps it might be better to describe it as an oratorio for orchestra and solo pianist. For it, a work which through a series of non-literal portrait movements, manifests the life of Christ.
Technically speaking, the concerto, somewhat resembles another medium which has commemorated reverence for Jesus's life in visual terms: Mosaics. However, one need not even know the concerto is an homage to anything or anyone to hear its luminescent beauty; orchestrated with breath-taking skill for color and balance. The ideal for judging of musical art often is cited as masterful technique in the service of profound substance. This work demonstrates that ideal.
The performance by Stephen Hough and the Dallas Symphony is superb. I Highly recommend it to anyone who loves piano concerti, orchestral works, or new music.
Tsontakis Man Of Sorrows Berg Piano Sonata Webern Variations
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 2 July 2007
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.27 x 12.5 x 0.84 cm; 108.86 Grams
- Manufacturer : HYPERION
- Manufacturer reference : CDA67564
- Original Release Date : 2007
- Label : HYPERION
- ASIN : B000RV0RAU
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 121,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Tsontakis : Man of Sorrows & Sarabesque - Schnberg : 6 kleine Klavierstcke op.19 - Berg : Sonate pour piano op.1 - Webern : Variations pour piano op.27 / Stephen Hough, piano - Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Andrew Litton, direction
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John S. Hilliard
A Luminescent "Oratorio" for Piano and OrchestraReviewed in the United States on 1 August 2009
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Amy E. Anderson
fabulous piece of music!Reviewed in the United States on 22 February 2014
This is an exceptional piece of music by George Tsontakis. I got a CD of it for a friend too.