Koppel: Marimba Concertos
16 October 2015
Fanfare - THE WANT LIST 2015
Scott NoriegaThe annual Want List is always one of the most daunting of tasks.
There are just too many great recordings that one does not have the time to hear! As always, let me start by saying that these are not necessarily the best recordings of the year, but the ones which I have come back to again and again. Secondly, it is important to note that this year I have purposely chosen composers who all lived or produced some of their most important works in the 20th century. As always I have heard wonderful performances of everything from Sweelinck to Bach, Mozart to Mendelssohn, and Rossini to Brahms, and I hate to not include some recordings of more familiar music. But for those looking to explore some repertoire out of the traditional framework, these releases have provided me with some of my most fruitful and rewarding listening experiences this year. Perhaps they will for you too. (...)My first experience with the music of Anders Koppel
, a musician of wide interests and wide talents, was this disc featuring the composer’s four marimba concertos. From the opening of the very first of them, I was mesmerized. The unique sonorities that this composer conjures, along with his true understanding of the implications of the genre—that is, a constant flux between competition and coexistence—make for consistently enjoyable listening experiences. And when performed with the energy and the sheer joie de vivre, as here, by Marianna Bednarska and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra under Henrik Vagn Christensen, there is little to not recommend. (...)