Music of Henri Lazarof
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR588     Release Date: 1990-01-01
Thomas Stevens, trumpet; Utah Symphony; Henri Lazarof, Conductor; James Galway, flute; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Roger Wagner Chorale; Roger Wagner, Conductor; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Comissiona, Conductor


Henri Lazarof was born in 1932 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He received his musical training in Europe at the Music Academy Santa Cecilia in Rome and the United States at Brandeis University. In 1959, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is currently a professor emeritus of music. Lazarof has been awarded numerous prizes for his compositions including First Prize, International Competition of Monaco (1962), First International Prize, City of Milan, La Scala Award (1966) and several grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of commissions from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Baltimore, Houston, Seattle and Utah Symphonies, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the London Sinfonietta, among others.

Lazarof has been drawn to compositions of the concerto type, and his catalogue includes several works for piano and orchestra as well as concertos for both the viola and the cello. Spectrum for solo trumpet, orchestra and tape was written in 1973 and first performed in January 1975 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Stevens as soloist, and the composer conducting. The work is in two movements and the soloist uses both the regular trumpet and the flugelhorn. The orchestra is comprised of a group of six instrumentalists surrounding the soloist, eight string basses, and woodwinds, brass and percussion. The tape consists of pre-recorded trumpet on 4 channels prepared by Thomas Stevens, to whom the work is dedicated.

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra was written in 1973 and is dedicated to James Galway and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the first performance in March 1975. The work is as symmetrical as possible; it consists of two movements separated by an interlude for the soloist alone.

The Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony and received its premiere performance under Sergiu Comissiona, to whom it is dedicated, on April 19, 1978. It is divided into three movements of approximately equal duration. Each movement defines a particular structural space, aided by an outsized orchestra that includes quadrupled winds, six horns, three batteries of percussion (with their castanets, tam-tam, tom-toms, marimbas, and tubular bells, the latter held in reserve for some awesome moments), two harps, celesta, and piano.



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Spectrum: Scene I
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Spectrum: Scene II
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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra: I. Il piu lento possible
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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra: II. quarter-note = 108-120
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Canti
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Concerto for Orchestra: I. quarter-note = 54-60
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Concerto for Orchestra: II.quarter-note = 50-60 (con liberte)
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Concerto for Orchestra: III. (sempre) quarter-note = 160
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