Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
14 January 2015
The New York Times
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The Danish composer Anders Koppel wrote his first Marimba Concerto in 1995 for the finals of a percussion competition. The piece, dramatic, exuberant and colorful, became an instant hit with marimbists, who have given it over 300 performances to date. Three more concertos for the instrument followed over the years, reflecting a kaleidoscope of stylistic influences but also Mr. Koppel’s very distinct, melodically generous, language. All are represented on this sparkling recording featuring the gifted young Polish percussionist Marianna Bednarska and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen.