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Con Rec/Str/Celesta/Con Fl/O [Import]

V. Holmboe Audio CD

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1. I. Allegro innocente
2. II. Andante e quieto
3. III. Allegro giocoso- Meno mosso- A Tempo- Poco stretto
4. Concerto For Flute And Orchestra No.1, Op.126-M.279: I. Allegro con spirito
5. Concerto For Flute And Orchestra No.1, Op.126-M.279: II. Andante tranquillo
6. Concerto For Flute And Orchestra No.1, Op.126-M.279: III. Poco lento- Allegro- Piu allegro
7. Cocerto For Flute And Orchestra No.2, Op.147-M.307: I. Allegro giusto
8. Cocerto For Flute And Orchestra No.2, Op.147-M.307: II. Andante devozione
9. Cocerto For Flute And Orchestra No.2, Op.147-M.307: III. Allegro con brio- Cadenza- Stretta

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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Fresh & Charming March 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Concerto for Recorder, Strings, Celesta & Vibraphone, Op. 122 is particularly noteworthy. I am struck by its inventive and concise loveliness. Despite the vintage of composition (1974), the music is immediately accessible and seductive. Dan Laurin (recorder soloist) manages the challenge of briefly singing into his instrument while he plays it, with savvy. The Aalborg S.O. under Hughes has earned this listener's respect. I am very pleased with Hughes' balanced interpretation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Play of the Spirit Oct. 27 2000
By Thomas F. Bertonneau - Published on Amazon.com
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In addition to the complete cycle of symphonies, BIS has been adding other portions of Vagn Holmboe's (1909-1996) oeuvre to their CD survey. The three beguiling concertos on this disc - one for Recorder (1974), and two for Flute (1976; 1982) - all belong to the composer's late style but show him in a more ethereal mood than that made manifest in the late symphonies (Nos. 1-13); but this is not say that the concertos aren't devilishly clever works in their own right. The Recorder Concerto uses an orchestra of strings with prominent celesta and vibraphone, and these forces evoke just the sense of dream-landscape or fairy-tale world in which the archaic pipings of the recorder will be at home. So ubiquitous are the glassy tones of celesta and vibraphone, indeed, that one might well consider this a triple-concerto. The First Movement is full of oneiric fantasy; the slow Second Movement explores the shadowy corners of dreamland. In the Finale, the soloist exchanges the soprano recorder for its sopranino little brother. The two Flute Concertos essay a slightly larger scale than the Recorder Concerto. The accompanying ensemble grows larger although without violating the norms of a chamber orchestra. Both works give evidence of the extraordinary fluidity of expression that Holmboe possessed; both exemplify the composer's late manner. They partake of the playfulness of spirit that Nietzsche (Holmboe read and loved Nietzsche) spoke of in his "Zarathustra." The recordings are crystal-clear.
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant concertos in fine performance Sept. 14 2009
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since the early 1990s, BIS has dedicated much attention to the orchestral music of the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe, recording Danish ensembles conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes. Here we find three late works for flute, performed by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, recordist Dan Laurin and flautist Manuela Wiesler. What makes these works typical of Holmboe is their tonal language, though with much bending and stretching, and an emphasis on organic development in the Nordic manner though in a neoclassical frame. What makes them typical late Holmboe is their economy of means.

The Concerto for Recorder, Strings, Celesta and Vibrphone op. 122 (1974) is in three movements, which vary between alto and soprano recorder. While Holmboe took inspiration from Bela Bartok's use of folk materials and rhythmic zest, it was only in Holmboe's late music that one hears anything similar to Bartok's "night music", and the second movement is in such a slow and quiet vein. The third movement includes a few extended techniques, unusual for Holmboe, such as speaking through the instrument.

The Flute Concerto No. 1 op. 126 (1975) is a bit too severe for my liking. Holmboe generally sought a balance between "Apollonian" and "Dionysian" elements in his music, but in this piece he seems to have collapsed towards the latter extreme. This concerto has Holmboe's characteristic orchestration, but it's somehow faceless when set against his total oeuvre, much like Stravinsky's "Jeu de cartes". Things get much better with the Flute Concerto No. 2 op. 147 (1982). This one is rather more dramatic, with an epic-sounding confrontation in its first movement and a wistful adagio in its second. As the third movement opens, the instrumental writing is especially full of character, with strumming on the strings as the third movement opens, and the flautist gets space for an abundant cadenza.

Holmboe is an interesting character with much original to say in terms of musical form. I'm not sure if this disc would work as a good introduction--try his Symphony No. 8 for that--but fans of the composer will gain much pleasure from this disc.

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