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Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 / Schirmer, Munich Radio Orchestra

Release Date: 03/15/2019 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777965  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Graener was a “latest romanticist” with a strong inclination for French impressionism – which as a composer in the Germany of the first half of the twentieth century makes him a unique case. This month cpo is presenting three of his concertos on our fourth Graener album. Once again it is shown that this music more than deserves to be rediscovered. Hardly any other companion of Paul Graener’s so intensely supported his oeuvre as did the cellist Paul Grümmer, the dedicatee of this composer’s Cello Concerto and the soloist at its premiere in 1927. The critic Adolf Diesterweg wrote in a review: “Graener’s new Cello Concerto contains naturally invented, succinctly formed music enabling the cellist, thanks to the transparent orchestral Read more part, to sound his instrument effectively. In my view the most beautiful movement is the highly cantabile and atmospheric Adagio. The Violin Concerto has harmonically original, fascinating sound elements showing us Graener at an absolute creative summit. The time of composition of Graener’s last finished composition, his Flute Concerto, coincides with the increasing bombardment and destruction of Berlin. Here it is above all the last movement that stands out and attracts our attention – and does so not so much because of its neoclassical guise, something already to be encountered in Graener’s works of the 1930s, but rather on account of his choice of the life-affirming folk song, which displays a cheerful mood that can be harmonized neither with the difficult circumstances of Graener’s life nor with the wartime events taking place at that time.” Read less

Customer Reviews

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 Absolutely Worth A Listen! November 27, 2019 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Three high quality concertos by 20th century German composer Paul Graener make up this new CPO recording. Cellist Uladzimir Sinkovich and flutist Christiane Dohn take center stage as soloists for the program's 2 bookend works. These are sparkling compositions of fairly short length (about 15 minutes each), full of good cheer and attractive melodies. As good as these concertos are (and trust me they are very good), nevertheless they play second fiddle (no pun intended) to the disk's masterwork, the superb violin concerto which is performed by Belgian violinist Henry Raudales. This concerto is a true discovery- gorgeous lyricism, steady upbeat momentum, and a near perfect balance between soloist and orchestra. In my opinion, this work alone would be reason enough to buy this disk- it's really that good. Conductor Ulf Schirmer and his excellent Munich Radio Orchestra hold up their end in excellent style, and CPO's engineering is once again faultless. Paul Graener's musical legacy will probably always be somewhat clouded by his association with the Nazi Party, but if this can be overlooked, his music is of substantial merit and well worth investigating. This CPO recording proves my point. Definitely recommended." Report Abuse
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