[ Pentatone / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 20 August 2021
With pieces composed between 2005 and 2019, the album traces Coll's spectacular musical development, from his studies under Thomas Adès in London to his present bloom. The lush, sensuous nature of his orchestral writing fully comes to life in these performances. Besides the strong relationship between Coll and conductor Gimeno, this new release also showcases the exceptional violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, for whom he has written several works, including his violin concerto, first recorded here. "Patricia and I had a magical, and extremely fortunate, first meeting in Valencia - the kind of meeting where feelings of trust and deep friendship were evident from the very first minute... The Concerto encouraged me to face things that I had never done before. It seemed to be telling me: 'don't try to please a conservative public, or the institutionalized avant garde, just write what you hear, and dare to fail'." Francisco Coll
The OPL and Gustavo Gimeno have released composer portraits of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler, Stravinsky, Debussy, Rossini and Franck on PENTATONE. Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her PENTATONE debut.
"His Violin Concerto's three movements...typify his delight in bringing extremes of expression within often terrifyingly close proximity, and is thrillingly realised by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who negotiates the work's coruscating intricacies with ravishing purity and intensity...The Luxembourg Philharmonic and Gustavo Gimeno are equally dazzling in the other works." BBC Music Magazine