The first portrait disc dedicated to the music of Francisco Coll – featuring Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and Gustavo Gimeno – has been released by Pentatone.
The disc features studio recordings of works spanning around 15 years, from Coll’s recent Violin Concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja (2019) back to his newly revised opus 1, Aqua Cinerea. Also featured are the large-scale Mural (2016), Hidd’n Blue (2009/11), and the Four Iberian Miniatures for violin and chamber orchestra (2014). This release is a testament to the extraordinary support of the OPL, who commissioned two of the works featured, the vision of Gustavo Gimeno – one of Coll’s greatest advocates – and the remarkable creative rapport between Coll and Kopatchinskaja.
“Mural [is] a glittering array of Coll’s language and technique up to 2015. The Violin Concerto is a portrait of its intended soloist in all her wild innocence and invention.”
Gramophone Magazine (Peter Quantrill), May 2021
Coll’s Violin Concerto will receive its UK premiere on 13 June 2021, with Kopatchinskaja joining the London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth. Future projects include a new orchestral work for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a Cello Concerto for Sol Gabetta.