An Outdoor Overture
Violin Concerto No. 2
Copland’s invigoratingly energetic and buoyant open-air piece, An Outdoor Overture, is in stark contrast to Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto, which intones melodies of remarkable finesse. The lush allure of this work borders on sentimentality; this may be as close as Prokofiev ever gets to Rachmaninoff.
Sculthorpe wrote Irkanda IV as a plain and straightforward expression of his feelings upon the death of his father; Irkanda is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a remote and lonely place’.
In the Symphonic Metamorphosis, the body of each movement is based on melodies of Carl Maria von Weber. The result of Hindemith’s transformation of these tunes is a true metamorphosis of ordinary classical themes into something that is captivating and dramatic.