Evelyn Glennie explores concertos for unusual solo instruments, including Leopold Mozart's Alphorn Concerto, Arnold's Harmonica Concerto and Rautavaara's Concerto for Birds.
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has commissioned many new concertos for percussion and orchestra.
In this programme she explores other concertos for unusual solo instruments. Her selection includes Leopold Mozart's Alphorn Concerto, Malcolm Arnold's Harmonica Concerto, Rautavaara's Concerto for Birds and Orchestra and Piazzolla's Concerto for Bandoneon. She also includes concertos for didjeridoo, glass harmonica, jew's harp and for choir.
The concerto form in classical music is usually associated with a small number of solo instruments - piano, violin, cello, clarinet, perhaps trumpet. But in this programme Evelyn Glennie shows that many other instruments can shine in the soloist's spotlight, from the growling tones of the didjeridoo to the otherworldly flutings of the glass harmonica, for which no less a composer than Mozart wrote a piece. And Finnish composer Rautavaara had the inspiration to make recordings of arctic bird calls, which became the solo part in his Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra).
Producer Philip Tagney.