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Anders Koppel: Concertos / Aeschbacher, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra

Koppel,A. / Aaso / Aeschbacher
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226052   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anders Koppel
Performer:  Yana DeshkovaAnna Maria D. DahlClaus Ettrup LarsenMette Nielsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Anders Koppel's concertos show off not only his impressive versatility with solo instruments, but also offer stimulating musical variety as well. The neoclassical Sinfonia Concertante emulates Stravinsky in its piquant harmonies and pointed rhythms. The colorful solo music contains a wealth of clever ideas for the violin, viola, clarinet, and bassoon, all brilliantly played by Yana Deshkova, Anna Maria D. Dahl, Randi Østergaard, and Sheila?Popkin. The finale discards Stravinsky for Sibelius as it echoes that composer's unique ostinato style, albeit with some fetching melodies that bear the unmistakable stamp of Anders himself.

The flute and harp concerto contains just the sort
Read more of idyllic music you would expect with this combination of instruments, as Koppel proves quite adept at conjuring Elysian fields. But over the course of the work's five movements dark clouds emerge to bring trouble to paradise (and provide welcome dramatic contrast). But after brief periods of struggle, the music achieves a peaceful state by the close. Koppel's exquisite writing for both instruments makes a powerful impression as played by Claus Ettrup Larsen (flute) and Mette Nielsen (harp).

Lastly, the Tuba Concerto is another case where Koppel's music suits our expectations of an instrument's "character". This tuba is a pleasant, portly, if somewhat befuddled fellow (the "Otis" character from the 1978 Superman movie, uncannily portrayed in music by John Williams, comes immediately to mind). Again, it's not all happy hijinks as Koppel puts the tuba through its paces with some tension-filled passages (which Mattias Johansson handles with aplomb), but all's well by the sparkling conclusion. Conductor Matthias Aeschbacher (Koppel's friend, and dedicatee of the Sinfonia Concertante) leads the Aalborg Symphony in vibrant performances of all three works. Dacapo's recording presents it all in solid, engaging sound. A high priority disc.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra by Anders Koppel
Performer:  Yana Deshkova (Violin), Anna Maria D. Dahl (Viola)
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
Notes: The names of the clarinetist and bassoonist are not given. 
2.
Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra by Anders Koppel
Performer:  Claus Ettrup Larsen (Flute), Mette Nielsen (Harp)
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
3.
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Anders Koppel
Performer:  Mattias Johansson (Tuba)
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon: I. Andante grazioso
Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon: II. Largo
Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon: III. Allegro appassionato
Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version): I. Intrada: Larghetto
Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version): II. Pastorale: Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version): III. Intermezzo: Allegro
Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version): IV. Elegia: Largo
Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version): V. Finale: Con moto
Tuba Concerto: I. Moderato
Tuba Concerto: II. Andante misterioso
Tuba Concerto: III. Lento - Allegro assai

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