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Hans Heinz Schneeberger (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
Although he was born in Geneva in 1890, it is only since the war that Frank Martin has established himself as a composer of international standing. Among his most important works are Le Vin Herbe, the oratorio Golgotha, and the delightful Petite Symphonie Concertante,' all of which have been broadca ,t. His Viol n Concerto, written in 1950-51 at the request of the Formation 'Pro Helvetia,' is dedicated to Paul Sacher and the Basle Chamber Orchestra, who played it for the first time, with Hans Heinz Schneeberger as the soIois.t, at Basle.
Schneeberger, who is twenty-six years old, is a compatriot of the composer, and is now paying his first visit to this country. He has played the Concerto a number of times with much success, in Switzerland and elsewhere, though when the work was previously broadcast, from rhe festival of twentieth-century music in Paris last May, the soloist was Szigeti. Wi-rh i-ts soaring phrases and kaleidoscopic texture, the Concerto affords plenty of scope to a sensitive and accomplished violinist.
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