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Gradener: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 / Pollick, Rabl, Ukraine National Symphony


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 528  
Composer:  Hermann Grädener
Performer:  Karen Bentley Pollick
Conductor:  Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The German-born, Vienna-based Hermann Gradener (1844–1929) is yet another composer whose music, esteemed in its own time, has since slipped between the floorboards of history. Yet this first recording of his two violin concertos – substantial works both, downstream from Brahms, and with a hint of Sibelius – prove him to have been one of the more important Romantics, with a strong sense of drama, a sure hand for musical architecture and a natural flair for extended melody. The conductor of this recording, Gottfried Rabl, discovered Gradener’s scores in the second-hand section of a Viennese music-shop many years ago and now, joined by the American violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, they are releasing this first album in a series intended to put Read more Gradener’s music before the modern public for the first time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 22 by Hermann Grädener
Performer:  Karen Bentley Pollick (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 41 by Hermann Grädener
Performer:  Karen Bentley Pollick (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Wholesale richness May 5, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker characterized one of Graedener's works as "wholesale, huge richness." That's a fair assessment of these works, too. Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick delivers some fine performances here. Her violin's warm, clear tone added beauty to the lyrical passages -- of which there are many. And she ably handled the technical challenges -- especially those of the second concerto." Report Abuse
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