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Entartete Musik - The Goldschmidt Album

Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452599   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  François Le RouxChantal Juillet
Conductor:  Simon RattleYakov KreizbergBerthold GoldschmidtCharles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraBerlin Comic Opera OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Before a performance of the late Berthold Goldschmidt’s Violin Concerto in 1994 the soloist and the conductor (Chantal Juillet and Charles Dutoit) took the composer out to dinner. The restaurant was in the very street in Paris where, 65 years earlier, he had met the Belgian dramatist Fernand Crommelynck to discuss the adaptation of his play Le cocu magnifique into an opera (Der gewaltige Hahnrei). Host and hostess urged Goldschmidt to write a piece about this remarkable coincidence which, he said, had awakened in him “undreamt-of memories”. The Rondeau (subtitled “Rue du Rocher”) is an old man’s reflection on the passing of time, filled with nostalgia and rueful irony but also with tenderness and passionate warmth. It is a wonderfully rich, Read more satisfying piece and makes a moving conclusion to a programme that begins with the Op. 4 Passacaglia, an already mature work, audibly by the same composer, though written 70 years earlier: it is strong, vehement and very striking music, the first of Goldschmidt’s responses to Bach.

Bach is also a presence in the still more emotionally direct Ciaccona sinfonica, an absorbingly resourceful work (all three movements based on variants of the same theme) in which earnest eloquence is drawn even from the nimble concluding “Gigue”. And one of the most striking movements from the ballet Chronica, a passacaglia evoking a prison yard, draws a lot of its power from the contrast between an implacable ground and the lamenting variations above it.

Les petits adieux, a set of four orchestral songs, dates from 1994; it resulted, Goldschmidt said, from realizing on another visit to France that he had never set the French language. He also suggested (in an interview printed in the booklet accompanying this disc) that in his recent music he composed in “a more compressed, condensed way”. That is certainly true of these songs: they are austerely eloquent (the last in particular poignantly beautiful), without a single unnecessary note. With every recording of his music that appears it becomes more and more obvious that Goldschmidt is a major composer; anyone who still doubts it will not do so for long after sampling this absorbing and impressive collection. The performances and recordings are all admirable, not least those conducted by the composer himself.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [12/1996]
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Works on This Recording

Passacaglia for Orchestra by Berthold Goldschmidt
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Germany 
Chronica by Berthold Goldschmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939/1980; England 
Ciaconna Sinfonica by Berthold Goldschmidt
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Comedy of Errors by Berthold Goldschmidt
Conductor:  Berthold Goldschmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Berlin, Germany 
Les Petits Adieux by Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; England 
Rondeau for Violin and Orchestra by Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Chantal Juillet (Violin)
Conductor:  Berthold Goldschmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 

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