Saturday, November 15, 2014

Unusual concertos [80]: Bouzouki

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 80+ this time.

The eightieth concerto deals with the bouzouki. This traditional Greek instrument is not really a suitable concertante instrument due to its inherent soft sound, but composer Joseph James overcame that problem by using three of them in his Concerto for 3 Bouzoukis and Orchestra, the only one I know for the instrument. It has been recorded in a version played Costa Rialis and the Philharmonia under John Gibbons, available on a Black Box Classics CD.

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