Sunday, December 11, 2016

Robert Kyr - Violin Concerto Trilogy - Concerto No. 1, "On the Nature of Love" - Concerto No. 2, On the Nature of Harmony" - Concerto No. 3, "On the Nature of Peace" - Third Angle New Music Ensemble - Pacific Rim Gamelan - Denise Huizenga and Ron Blessinger, Soloists - New Albion 2005

This is my favorite recording of Robert Kyr's music. These three concertos for violin are gorgeous and such a supreme delight!! The violinists who take on these concertos are incredible and I cannot fathom better interpretation. As I mentioned in the last post, it's really baffling that there are barely any recordings of Kyr's instrumental or orchestral music (for example he has written 12 symphonies - that's just the tip of the iceberg) and this disc will leave you wanting for much much more, I assure you. Each concerto in Kyr's trilogy is gold; although there is emotional depth and a philosophy that strings these works together (the violinist is seen as the "adventurer" traveling within these three "spiritual landscapes") each concerto is highly individual, yet consistency is to be found in the form of sublime lyricism and tonality - this folks, is a total knockout. That's my capsule rating - indeed this music is near perfection....to my ears.




The Concerto No. 1 "On the Nature of Love" contains thirteen variations on the hymn tune "What Wond'rous Love is This" and will pull at the heart-strings indeed. The work has something of a neo-romantic feel and with it's combination of violin and string orchestra it has a radiant beauty that is within the musical realm I think of Vaughan Williams to a degree. Robert Kyr is not afraid to write music that is gorgeous, traditional yet modern simultaneously. You just might want to put this on "repeat" but do not forget: there are two more concertos to go!

The Concerto No. 2 "On the Nature of Harmony" is also ridiculously beautiful and lyrical. This concerto shares the East meets West sound world of the great Lou Harrison; in no small part due to the addition of a gamelan ensemble which makes this concerto feel like a quasi double concerto of sorts. The violin writing is fiery and virtuosic (think of John Adam's kinetic violin concerto perhaps - add to this the Balinese musical tradition of a metallic orchestra and the result is spiritually and emotionally satisfying - as is the case in all three concertos - but here especially it's an aural cosmos of tranquility and explosiveness co-exisiting, and it's a "place" that is gripping and exciting to the end.

Concerto No. 3 "On the Nature of Peace" is of a darker shade than the other two concertos, with ominous orchestral colors engrossing the listener. One feels a sense of unease and opposing forces (the first movement is aptly titled "conflict") from the very start - the opening literally smashes it's way into your ears with a metallic blast and sense-misura playing in the strings. The second movement finds the violin singing a mournful song, yet as the movement and it's adventurer continue on their way, the feel is (just a tad) hopeful imo, yet the intensity still looms large. The third movement "Reconciliation" is just that; it is joyful and celebratory as the murkiness melts away, the sun now beating down on the listener's face - it's a satisfying trip and in the end all is well with the world it appears. 

Robert Kyr


I can type out the composer's notes from the booklet if anyone would like - I just cannot do this today.
Enjoy this tremendous trilogy!

Robert_Kyr-Violin_Concerto_Trilogy-Tzadik.zip
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13 comments:

Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Johann said...

Stunning! Thank you Tz

edjewa said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much.

Marcelo Lasta said...

12 Sinfonías por Dios!!!!!!!!!!!,al menos una quiero escuchar,Magno composer Kyr po cierto,un abrazo de tapir!!!!!!!Siempre celebro,con todo My Heart,tus nuevos cd's.Inmensa Gratitud,querido Tzadik.

La Danse de Puck said...

Bueno, TAPIR, you've twisted my arm and I will download. I'm more taken by Gamelan than I thought... Así que, cómo tú mi Tapir, voy a escuchar al menos una obra... Cariños desde Buenos Aires. Thank you, Tadzik, for broadening our horizons on the Gamelan front. Didn't know there were currents like "Pacific Rim" .... I thought it was all from that part of the earth.... As you see, lots to learn...

Tzadik said...

Halo Toon you are most welcome!

Tz

Tzadik said...

Happy you find it so, Johann! This disc has been getting a lot of play around here, it's part of my
medicinal regiment - yes it's so good it practically works on a cold ;)

Tz

Tzadik said...

Hello edjewa, thank you for commenting :) You are welcome!

Tz

Tzadik said...

¡Saludos Dr T! Sé que ... 12 symphonies es una generosa salida / número - pero ¿cuándo vamos a tener la sublime oportunidad de escuchar a alguno de ellos? Hola Naxos estás escuchando ??? Así que Marcello - ¿qué están haciendo usted y su familia para las vacaciones (holidays)?

Tu hermano en sonidos antiguos y modernos,

Tzadik

Tzadik said...

Oh ok, 'La Danse...' it's nice to see that it's not my actual post that influences your downloading but rather other visitors and THEIR feelings ;-)

Seriously though I hope you just love it - I know I do! And as far as gamelan music goes, I have been most fond of gamelan ensembles for a very long time - I became curious at first not by anything I had heard but rather prior to any listenings; it was reading (once upon a time) about Debussy's fascination with Indonesian music! I went from that to getting all the authentic gamelan music that I could. Then once I discovered the gamelan within the context of Western "art music" I was only more in love. Lou Harrison has done the Balinese ensemble proud in many of his works - as well as other notable composers. I think some of the finest examples of the "pacific rim composers" are those from the States, Australia, and Canada. But, there's obviously maaaaaaannnny more ;)



-Tzadik

La Danse de Puck said...

KRY is, as someone above comments, BEYOND "STUNNING".... WOW!!! Some powerful music!! THANK YOUUUUUUU!!!! I am in awe.... just blown my brain cells.... AMAZING!!!

Tzadik said...

Greetings Puckita! I'm thrilled that you are so very enthusiastic about this music :) And although you have blown a few brain cells, worry not - the music itself will at the same time expand and grow your dendrites so it evens out ;-)

"Tzadika" (sounds like I should be on the menu at a Greek eatery)

Marcelo Lasta said...

Siiii,la Danse de Puck,excelente cd's,como siempre sube el gran Tzadik,por cierto la Gran fuga por ´´Fürt´´creo que la más humanista obra del sordo de Bonn que he escuchado en mi vida de Tapir,pero celebro esta del sello Arte Nova,super e inédita,por los rusos!!,¿dónde de vacaciones? pues,me gustaria conocer Nepal o Ruanda,pero no cash suficiente,asi pues a seguir salvando vidas de canes y caballos por mis pampas del ñandú glorioso todo el verano(ya viajaré dentro de varios años,primero debo organizar un concierto real con 3 de mis zoopus sinfónicos,Coral de las Francas,Galop de la Libertad y Oda a las Aves,es una Trilogia Agua-Tierra-Aire),un abrazo,amigooooos!!!!!!