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Vito Palumbo - Woven Lights

Composer Vito Palumbo
Performer Francesco Abbrescia
Francesco D'Orazio
London Symphony Orchestra
Lee Reynolds, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2625 CD
EAN 7318590026250
Format CD
Release date Jan 2023
Total time 58'15

The critically acclaimed Italian composer Vito Palumbo has had works performed all over the world by leading orchestras. He began his career with postmodern experimentation, going on to different forms of music theatre. In recent years Palumbo has focused on works for full orchestra, exploring the possibilities of colours and textures - sometimes with the help of electronics - and putting the concept of ‘historical memory’ at the centre of his own composing.
With echoes seemingly coming from Alban Berg’s &&&violin concerto, Palumbo’s own Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2015) displays bittersweet lyricism. Characterized by a dramatic language and driven by a strong and varied rhythmic impulse, the single-movement work also offers transitional moments of static beauty typical of the composer’s usual finesse in the scoring. With its title echoing the past, Chaconne for 5-string electric violin and electronics (2019-20) highlights the different ways in which the electronics intertwine with the live electric violin, within a conception animated by a strong theatrical sense, like a script for a play that does not reject emotional gestures. About this work, the composer has remarked ‘I want the meaning of my music to be apparent from listening, without the need for verbal justification.’ Both works are championed by the violinist Francesco D’Orazio, a close collaborator of the composer and the dedicatee of the Chaconne.
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  Vito Palumbo
01 Violin Concerto 30'45
  Chaconne 26'34
02 I. Woven Lights 18'18
03 II. The Glows in the Dark 8'16
  Album total 58'15
ComposerPalumbo, Vito
ViolinFrancesco Dorazio
OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
ConductorReynolds, Lee
Electric violinFrancesco Dorazio
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