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Ruth Killius Thomas Zehetmair Royal Northern Sinfonia Thomas Zehetmair

Bartok Casken Beethoven (CD)

This powerful New Series album represents “a résumé and a departure” for Thomas Zehetmair, a summing up of his work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In his years as Music Director of the British chamber orchestra, Zehetmair was noted both for bringing compelling new music into the repertoire and for insightful performances of classical and modern composition, qualities very much in evidence on this concert recording from The Sage, Gateshead.

The album opens with John Casken’s double concerto That Subtle Knot, written in 2012-3 for Zehetmair, Ruth Killius and the Northern Sinfonia. Inspired by the poetry of John Donne, the composition establishes a broad arc between the English Renaissance and music of today. Ruth Killius shines in a revelatory performance of Bartók’s Viola Concerto, and Zehetmair as conductor fully brings out what liner note writer Giselher Schubert describes as “the juggernaut propulsive thrust” of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.


CASKEN: That Subtle Knot – Double Concerto For Violin, Viola And Orchestra BARTÓK: Viola Concerto BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 C Minor Op. 67 ARTISTS Ruth Killius, viola Thomas Zehetmair, violin Royal Northern Sinfonia Thomas Zehetmair