Catalan Concertinos & Fantasia
Format: COMPACT DISC
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF UKRAINE SIRENKO
Most of the works by the two Catalan composers heard here – Joan Manén (1883–1971) and Marc Migo (b. 1993) – use material from their folk tradition, making the music fresh, immediate and direct, rather in the manner of Manuel de Falla. But there is also a loose connection with Vienna: Manén’s Violin ‘Concertino’ – an unusually modest label for a full-scale concerto – is something of a cousin to the Korngold Concerto; and Migó’s poignant Epitafi a Hans Rott was written in memory of a short-lived Austrian composer who was a close friend of Mahler.