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Juon: Rhapsodische Sinfonie & Sinfonietta Capricciosa / Jenkins, Bamberger Symphoniker

Release Date: 01/20/2017 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777908  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the composer Paul Juon had resigned from his professorship at the Berlin College of Music in 1934, he retired to the shores of Lake Geneva, where he wrote a series of remarkable orchestral works over a period of six years. These works by the Moscow-born Juon, whose ancestors had immigrated to Russia from Switzerland, included his last two symphonies, which once again display all his special qualities as a teller of musical tales and a lyrical and playful tone poet. The Rhapsodic Symphony op. 95 composed in 1937-38 is a grand narrative on the topic of the music with which Juon had concerned himself during the course of his life: Nordic and Russian tones can be heard in it as well as reminiscences of contemporary Central European music Read more from Mahler to Strauss. Juon completed the Sinfonietta capricciosa op. 98, his last major composition for orchestra and a work that may be said to represent the reverse side of the "rhapsodic coin," in the summer of 1939. It has a classical three-movement structure and is kept simple in its form but is so "capricious" and intricate that like its elder sister work it only gradually reveals its full wealth – which means that here the process of musical discovery occurs in phases that are all the more fascinating because they too gradually bring to light new allusions and increase our associative pleasure with each new listening experience. Read less

Customer Reviews

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 Superb Recording of Serious Neo-Romantic Works June 1, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Arkivmusic's professional critic seems to suggest that the two works presented on this new CPO recording may be compared to a big brother and his little sibling. This metaphor may be a useful starting point to comment on these two magnificent works by Russian-born composer Paul Juon. Juon spent much of his time in Berlin, and these two works (Rapsodic Symphony and Sinfonietta Capricciosa) date from the 1930's, which produces an intriguing discussion in the wide-ranging CD notes about the effect of the 3rd Reich's cultural straitjacket on the survivability of Juon's orchestral output. The 'big brother' is Juon's Rapsodic Symphony, Op. 95, lasting almost three quarters of an hour. It is formally composed of 2 movements, although it is possible to further subdivide the internal structure of each movement, but I'll leave that to professional musicologists. The work is large scale in every possible respect- broad-ranging themes, resplendent orchestral coloration and contrasts, and an overall sense of a journey heading into unknown dimensions. This symphony is a strikingly original work with consistent tonality and (perhaps most importantly to me) enduring interest and appeal. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under British conductor Graeme Jenkins does this work proud, with a disciplined, taut performance that is not afraid to push the envelope when called for by Juon's score. Lasting a 'mere' 29 minutes, Juon's Sinfonietta Capricciosa, Op. 98, provides something of a contrast to the Rapsodic Symphony, with its lighter texture and what strikes me as a more jocular overall musical message. Again, the Bamberg orchestra fully measures up to this work, and brings the entire recording to a most satisfactory conclusion. CPO has previously issued releases of some of Juon's chamber music, which I have sampled and found to be excellent. Thus it is with this excellent new CPO recording, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in sampling serious, high quality orchestral music which probably cannot be found anywhere else." Report Abuse
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