Olivier Messian´s “Oriason” is written for the early electronic instrument, the Ondes Martenot, a close relation of the theremin.
Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex (he was interested in rhythms from ancient Greek and from Hindu sources); harmonically and melodicaly it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations. Many of his compositions depict what he termed “the marvellous aspects of the faith”, and drew on his deeply held Roman Catholicism. [source]
Ensemble D´Ondes Martenot De Montréal. 1992.
Violin Concerto No.1 is written by Grażyna Bacewiczs in 1937. This recording is from the CD Grazyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3, 7, recorded in 2008 and 2009.
Chandos certainly hedged its bets right when it came to programming its second release with Polish violinist Joanna Kurkowicz; although they are well known and popular in former Eastern bloc countries, the violin concertos of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz have never been circulated on recordings in the West.
The Violin Concerto No. 1 (1937) was written for Bacewicz herself to play. The earlier concerto is attuned to neo-classicism and French style, whereas folk motifs dominate the later one. Very beautiful and technically assured concerti. [source]
I. Allegro (4:05)
II. Andante (Molto Espressivo) (4:40)
III. Vivace – Meno Mosso, Ma Non Troppo – Più Mosso – Tempo I (3:30)
Joanna Kurkowicz, Violin
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Lukasz Borowicz
[inspired by Ronnie Rocket, thanks a lot. And thanks to CLASSICAL20.COM]