Michael Halasz conducts the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, with soloists Pavla Honsová, Yury Revich, and Libor Ježek in the NAXOS album Saint-Georges: Symphonies Concertantes, playing Joseph Bologne’s Symphonie Concertante in C Major, Op. 9, No. 1; the Symphonie Concertante in A Major, Op. 9, No. 2; the Symphonie Concertante in F Major, Op. 10, No. 1; the Symphonie Concertante in A Major, Op. 10, No. 2, and the Symphony in G Major, Op. 11, No. 1 by Joseph Bologne.
Joseph Bologne was born to a wealthy plantation owner and an African slave in 1745 in the former French colony of Guadeloupe.At the age of seven, his father took him to France, where he was educated at the Académie royale polytechnique des armes et de l’équitation. Upon graduation he received the titles of Gendarme du roi and Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne served as a colonel in the first all-black regiment in Europe.
Today Joseph Bologne is remembered as the first classical composer of African ancestry and also as a noted conductor, violinist, and as a pioneering exponent of the symphonie concertante, a genre that combined the structural characteristics of both the Classical symphony and the 18th concerto grosso, and one that he successfully explored and imprinted with originality.
Michael Halasz leads the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and soloists Pavla Honsová, Yury Revich, and Libor Ježek with a stylish command of Bologne’s charming music
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