LIEBERMANN: Concerto for Flute and
Orchestra, Op. 39. Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, Op. 48.
Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, Op. 50
James Galway, flute/Hyun-Sun Na, harp/London Mozart Players/Lowell Liebermann, cond.
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It is to James Galway's credit that he continues to enrich the catalog of
contemporary music by commissioning new works. This CD offers premiere
recordings of three concertos; Galway commissioned one, suggested another,
and the third was commissioned by someone else as a result of Galway's
commission. In this case, music of American composer Lowell Liebermann
is featured. He already had won many awards and continues to please
audiences with his rhapsodic, well-crafted music. His works include an
opera (The Pictures of Dorian Gray), piano, vocal and chamber
music, and many works for the flute. One of these is his Sonata for
Flute and Piano, premiered in 1988. Galway admired this to the extent
that he requested the composer to orchestrate it; Lieberman said he would
prefer to write a new concerto, and this was premiered November 6, 1992
with Galway as soloist, Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra. There are three movements to this 24-minute concerto, the
first two pensive and lyrical, with the expected virtuoso finale.
R.E.B. (Sept. 1999)