Edwards and Sibelius Violin Concertos
Adele Anthony, violin. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Arvo Volmer, cond. (Canary Classics)
Ross Edwards’ Violin Concerto is called Maninyas, the composer’s made-up name for the “dance-chant” style that begins and ends the three-movement work. The result is a flow of intriguing sounds set into a crown of classical structure, drawing on a strong lyrical vocabulary that reflects both Australia’s unique flora and fauna, and the sophisticated classical music world beyond.
Adele Anthony alternates between curling up with the music and bursting forth into the harmonically transcendent, surrealistic nightscape that Edwards’ music creates. The first movement blends infectious 19th-century Romanticism with sounds of the bush associated with “world music.” The cadenza comes early, before the second movement, followed by a moving chorale movement, and a brilliant tour de force Finale that ends with a breathtaking surprise. It’s not only the soloist who gets to shine—Edwards’ skill at writing for the modern orchestra would make any Australian orchestra not only proud but eager to play.
In the Sibelius, Anthony’s command of line and purpose, with a timbre of warm, burnished gold, is as clean and pure as if she were playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
The full-range audiophile sound takes you very close to the stage where you can hear the nuances of every instrument’s sound.