It seems almost impossible that such an excellent piece as Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major was… lost for 200 years. Today, it is one of the most popular concert works. It was first recorded by outstanding cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and during this year’s Eufonie we will hear it interpreted by Marc Coppey.
Croatian composer Ivo Malec is one of the most important 20th-century musical figures. Performed at the Eufonie, Exercice de style was created already after the composer’s first visit to Paris in 1955, but before Malec joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM).
Witold Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings, bearing hallmarks of neoclassicism, heralds the later transformation of the composer’s musical language. This short, only 5-minute piece clearly refers to the output of Béla Bartók. Moreover, it is considered by some to be the most interesting work of the artist before Musique funèbre.
The Divertimento by Béla Bartók, created within two weeks, is undoubtedly one of the composer’s most important pieces. It combines dance rhythms and Baroque concerto grosso inspirations with folk themes and 20th-century harmony.
Exercice de style
Cello concerto in C major no. 1
Overture for strings
Divertimento for string orchestra