Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Åm, Magnar (1952) : Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra

Magnar, looking very Norwegian

Åm, Magnar (1952) :Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra "Tropic of Cancer"

Geir Draugsvoll, Accordion, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend

Here's something off the beaten track. I've been listening to contemporary concertos recently, and I'm going to post a couple of interesting ones.

Starting with a concerto for Accordion by the Norwegian Magnar Åm. It's a work that does seem to wander around a lot, but the accordion part is beautifully played by Geir Graugsvoll. There are brooding passages that remind me of the late Astor Piazzolla, and in general the work has a tendency to slip into introspection.

It gets a really fine performance from the Netherlands players under the baton of de Vriend who, as far as I am concerned, is a conductor to watch out for.

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