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Boehe: Symphonic Poems Vol 2 / Albert, Rheinland-pfalz Po


Release Date: 04/19/2005 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999908   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernst Boehe
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernst Boehe's late-romantic, post-Wagnerian symphonic poems abound in rich harmonies and lush orchestral textures, with much declamatory and heroic writing for the brass. Part Four of From Odysseus' Voyages completes the cycle begun in a previous CPO release. Richard Strauss, a friend of the composer, has strong influence, though Wagner's presence is unmistakable, with some passages bearing a striking resemblance to Götterdämmrung. Taormina, with its epic sweep and grand gestures, employs a less overtly chromatic language. Indeed, the modal structure of some of the Nordic-accented melodies (particularly the imposing main theme) suggests Grieg.

Symphonic Epilogue to a Tragedy echoes Reger's refined and rarified
Read more harmonic style, as does the work's overall gloomy cast. It's essentially a long funeral march in the manner of Liszt's Heroide funebre, but in Boehe's case the somber mood doesn't lift until the very end, making it a less than captivating listening experience. However, the other two poems are quite enjoyable, their effect no doubt enhanced by Werner Andreas Albert's imaginative conducting and by the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic's alert and beautifully appointed playing. CPO's distant recording is somewhat overbright, giving the impression of a large, reverberant hall.

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

1. Taormina by Ernst Boehe
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (01/16/2003 - 01/17/2003); Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (03/11/2003 - 03/12/2003)
Composition written: Germany (1905 - 1906). 
2. Symphonic Epilogue to a Tragedy, Op. 11 by Ernst Boehe
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1907; Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (01/16/2003 - 01/17/2003); Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (03/11/2003 - 03/12/2003) 
3. Aus Odysseus' Fahrten, Op. 6: no 4, Odysseus' Heimkehr by Ernst Boehe
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (01/16/2003 - 01/17/2003); Philharmonie, Ludwigshafen, Germany (03/11/2003 - 03/12/2003)
Composition written: Germany (?1904 - 1905). 

Sound Samples

Aus Odysseus' Fahrten (From Odysseus' Voyages): IV. Odysseus' Heimkehr
Taormina
Symphonischer Epilog zu einer Tragodie (Symphonic Epilogue to a Tragedy), Op. 11

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Real Discovery July 31, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The opening selection on this disk is Episode #4 from German composer Ernst Boehe's extended symphonic poem cycle 'Aus Odysseus' Fahrten' (From Odysseus' Voyages). Episode 4, Odysseus' Return Home, is a huge, sprawling,and utterly luxurious late Romantic score of nearly 30 minutes duration. At nearly the same length, the symphonic poem Taormina musically depicts Boehe's vision of the scenic beauty and ancient glories of Sicily. Finally, the Symphonic Epilogue to a Tragedy, one of Boehe's final orchestral scores, is a searching, introspective, even melancholy exposition of substantial merit. Ernst Boehe is a new and altogether excellent discovery for this reviewer, and I found his massive orchestral scores subtly evoking images of Bruckner and perhaps even Mahler, in this case in the form of symphonic poems instead of full symphonies. Superb playing by the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz make this a most welcome listening experience. Recommended to anyone who enjoys the dense, heavy sound of late German romanticism." Report Abuse
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