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This recording presents the double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra of the Spanish composer Francisco Coll, born in 1985. Les Plaisirs Illuminés, a title inspired by Dalí’s painting of the same name, is rooted in Spanish traditions, including flamenco, yet is resolutely modern: ‘Its music is very lively rhythmically, it dances and sings – but at the same time it is very abrupt, always in search of extremes’, says Patricia Kopatchinskaja. For this world premiere conducted by the composer, she is reunited with a longstanding partner who pursues an equally brilliant international career, the cellist Sol Gabetta. The programme also features the Musica concertante for twelve strings by the Hungarian-born Swiss composer Sándor Veress, premiered by the Camerata in Bern in 1966. A year earlier, the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera wrote his fascinating Concerto for Strings. A kaleidoscope of colours and sounds from all over the world...

"(…) the disc is as much a portrait of the remarkable Camerata Bern as it is another showcase for Kopatchinskaja's dazzling virtuosity."
The Guardian
"The third highlight is Les Plaisirs illuminés itself, a recent Dalí-derived double concerto by Francisco Coll, much in demand for his orchestral skills and sense of the fantastic. Kopatchinskaja's violin, teamed with Sol Gabetta's cello, swings between straightforward beauty and high-speed slithering in 18 minutes of fun, flamenco, lament, and danger."
The Times