The 20th-Century Concerto Grosso

Fri, Nov 15, 2013, 00:00


The 20th- century Concerto Grosso

Maria Prinz, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Christoph Konez, Robert Nagy, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Erwin Schulhoff, Ernst Krenek, Vincent d'Indy



This is not so much an exploration of the 20th-century concerto grosso as of concertos in that spirit which feature flute (Karl-Heinz Schütz) and piano (Maria Prinz) among the soloists. Erwin Schulhoff’s mostly romping Concerto doppio of 1927 fits the bill perfectly. Ernst Krenek’s generally more earnest 1924 Concertino is for flute, violin (Christoph Konez) and harpsichord (the substitution of piano sanctioned by the composer himself). The 75-year-old Vincent d’Indy’s 1926 Concert, his last orchestral work, is for piano, flute and cello (Robert Nagy), and insists on having its cake and eating it in terms of mixing neo-classical and romantic flavours. The performances are fine-grained and faithful.