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Violin Concertos Vol 3 Nos 6,2 & 10.
Tania Davison, Brittany Kotheimer, Sha Ye, Starling Chamber Orchestra Kurt Sassmannshaus.
Arte Nova 74321 654262 DDD.

The composer Giornovichi was unknown to me before this CD but it was indeed a pleasure to listen to finely crafted concertos which although satisfying are ultimately unmemorable. This American project includes three young violinists who are quite accomplished soloists and they shape each concerto with loving care and dedication. The expansive 10th Concerto lasts just over half an hour and is generally the best work here although nothing much distinguishes any concerto from the other. In fact the music is constantly uninventive and sometimes quite studiously boorish in the mould of a never ending Viotti! The orchestra and conductor are also quite obscure but they play their part serviceably well. Recording and production are of the highest Arte Nova standards but I'm afraid that not even the low price would make me buy this one.

Gerald Fenech




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