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Franz Vorraber – Concerto classico for Piano & String Orchestra, Op. 37 – Franz Vorraber, Castle Chamber Orchestra (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Franz Vorraber – Concerto classico for Piano & String Orchestra, Op. 37 – Franz Vorraber, Castle Chamber Orchestra (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 22:46 minutes | 451 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © K&K Verlagsanstalt
Recorded: Bad Homburg Castle, Germany

The “concerto classico” op. 37 refers, as it can be seen from the title, back to the classical structure and the motives in terms of Haydn. As customary habit at the time, rhythmic set phrases and harmonic collocations of today have been used and processed. In the theme of the first movement can easily be noticed. Thus, the formal arrangement between tutti and solo is obliged to the classical model. Some surprising twists, especially the intensifying rhythm throughout the piece, combine typical formula of the First Viennese School to contemporary elements. The simple theme of the second movement is enriched with complex harmonic turns. Due to the interjections of the piano, a harmonically opposed dialogue is created. The pianos’ harmonics, conducted with whole tones and additionally colored by the fifths of the strings, comes finally to a quiet ending. After a virtuosic opening, the third movement is designed concerto-grosso-style. The tutti is dominating the string orchestra. It is interrupted by the pianos’ soloist tours with a rather “groovy” basso continuo. The contrabass is taking the bass line in the middle part to calm the ensemble. After a wild cadence of the piano, the strings return with momentum and vividly end the work with copious virtuous piano figures. –Franz Vorraber

Castles and palaces have always been stimulating human fantasy, just think of the tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. These connotations are also shaping musical compositions, in fabulous – simply romantic music. Beautiful creations that are able to express joy, love, sorrow and grief; silence as well as jubilance, melancholia as well as exaltation to today’s audience no less that 500 years ago, differing not in time, but in a mode of feeling and perception that depends on composer, artist, performance space and – last but not least – you, dear audience. Therefore we choose the motto “Centuries of Romance” for our “Castle Concerts Series”, and, to be honest: castles and romance, that fits quite nicely.

Giving a stage to this thought is the next step. We invited Franz Vorraber in his capacity as a pianist, composer and romanticist to plan and, eventually, to realize the present production. Franz built a beautiful concertant bridge from the 18th century to his specially created contemporary composition, and arranged it for piano and string quartet explicitly according to our visions. The work is being performed by the composer as both artist and conductor with an orchestra carefully selected by himself – the result is stunning. But just lean back and listen for yourself… –Josef-Stefan Kindler

Franz Vorraber (b.1962)
Concerto classico for Piano & String Orchestra, Op. 37
1. I. Allegro 8:07
2. II. Andante 8:17
3. III. Allegro 6:22

Franz Vorraber, Piano & Conducting
Castle Chamber Orchestra


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