2(II=picc).2(II=corA).3(I=Ebcl,II=bcl,III=dbcl).2(II=dbn)-22.214.171.124-perc(3):glsp/xyl/crot/vib/marimba/5tpl.bl/guiro(long bamboo guiro,c.40cm)/claves/cast machine/tamb/4bongos/BD(lg)/susp.cym/nipple gong(lo)/tam-t-2harp-stirngs(126.96.36.199.6)
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Christian Tetzlaff, violin / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Marcelo Lehninger
"A work of true originality... a continuous 25-minute span that evokes traditional form while always keeping at a subtle remove from it. It is as though Birtwistle has to rediscover the concerto paradigm from scratch... Ideas flow forth, are “discussed” by the soloists, the concertino-chorus, the tutti, but are not “argued” over... Clear to begin with — Birtwistle really has ensured that the soloist’s every note is audible — the concerto seemed increasingly inevitable and substantial."