More than most composers currently active, Brett Dean
uses music to tackle political and social themes of our times. A common factor in the works on this recording is the sometimes problematic aspects of human communication and the erosion and misuse of language.
'The Lost Art of Letter Writing is Brett Dean's 2007 violin concerto that won the Grawemeyer award for composition two years later. Frank Peter Zimmermann, the violinist who gave the world premiere, plays it quite wonderfully on this first recording.' --The Guardian, 08/11/2013
'What emerges is the voice of a truly gifted composer exulting in new sounds and exciting challenges. Excellent performances.' --Classical Music, December 2013
'Brett Dean's violin concerto 'The Lost Art of Letter Writing' was composed in 2006, revised the following year and won the Grawemeyer Award in 2009...Frank Peter Zimmermann has the measure of the solo part and receives fine support from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a wondrous surround-sound recording...a fascinating disc.' --Gramophone, January 2014
'All three performances are excellent throughout and Antje Müller's well documented insert notes are another asset to this most welcome and desirable release. It's possibly the most generous one I ever heard with a playing time well over eighty minutes. There's no loss of sound quality even when heard on a standard CD player such as mine.' --MusicWeb International