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Lyrische Aspekte Unseres Jahrhundert / Martin Gelland

Release Date: 04/13/2009 
Label:  Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog #: 2017   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Othmar SchoeckIvan WyschnegradskyAllen Dwight SappWilly Burkhard,   ... 
Performer:  Martin GellandLennart WallinUte GareisKlaus-Georg Pohl,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lyrische Aspekte unseres Jahrhunderts • Martin Gelland (vn); Lennart Wallin (pn); Klaus-Georg Pohl (pn);1 Ute Gareis(pn);1 Dietmar Keltz (spkr)2 • VIENNA MODERN MASTERS VMM 2017 (79:03)

ACKER Sonata for Violin Solo. BURKHARD Violin Sonata, op. 78. JELINEK Zehn Zahme Xenien, op. 32.2 SAPP And the Bombers Went Home. SCHOECK Violin Sonata in D. R. STRAUSS Allegretto, AV 149. WYSCHNEGRADSKY Chant douloureux, op. 6. Chant nocturne, op. 111

This program, which proposes an exploration of what the notes call lyric music in the 20th century, is built around three sonatas by Othmar Schoeck (1905), Willy Burkhard (1946), and Dieter Acker (1994). The work by Schoeck (1886–1957), written when the composer was 19, is a fairly
Read more conventional although quite lovely three-movement exercise in late Romanticism. Burkhard (1900–1955) writes in a neo-Classic style strongly influenced by Stravinsky (of course), that nevertheless has a strong sense of loss about it. The Sonata for Solo Violin by Dieter Acker (b. 1940) is probably the most interesting music here, written in a rhapsodic style that makes full use of the possibilities of the solo violin in a reasonably consonant context.

The miniatures that make up the rest of the program range from the tiny Allegretto by the aging Richard Strauss that amounts to the theme of a work never written, to the weird quarter-tone works by the ex-patriot Russian Ivan Wyschnegradsky (1893–1979). The oddly named work by Alan Sapp (b. 1922), written about the time of his induction into the army, is a slow, sad little tone poem. Hanns Jelinek (1901–1969) writes 10 little character pieces in his late 12-tone manner, prefaced by 10 epigrams taken from Goethe, spoken by baritone Dietmar Keltz.

The disc’s title translates into “Lyric aspects of our century.” This might seem odd, except that the recordings are now 10 years old and were, presumably, intended for release in the waning years of the 20th century instead of now. I have nothing to compare the performances with, but they seem excellent. The recording is very clear and the notes, though a little odd in places, are informative. Translations, but no texts, are given for the Goethe epigrams.

-- John Story, Fanfare [5/2005]
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, WoO 22 by Othmar Schoeck
Performer:  Martin Gelland (Violin), Lennart Wallin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905/1952; Switzerland 
Length: 18 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Chant Douloureux, Op. 6 by Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performer:  Martin Gelland (Violin), Lennart Wallin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Chant Nocturne, Op. 12b by Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performer:  Ute Gareis (Piano), Klaus-Georg Pohl (Piano), Martin Gelland (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
And the Bombers Went Home, W 53 by Allen Dwight Sapp
Performer:  Lennart Wallin (Piano), Martin Gelland (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 by Willy Burkhard
Performer:  Lennart Wallin (Piano), Martin Gelland (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Switzerland 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Allegretto for Violin and Piano in E major, AV 149 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Martin Gelland (Violin), Lennart Wallin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Zehn zahme Xenien Op. 32 by Hanns Jelinek
Performer:  Dietmar Keitz (Spoken Vocals), Martin Gelland (Violin), Lennart Wallin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin solo by Dieter Acker
Performer:  Martin Gelland (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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