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Weill: Violin Concerto; Toch, Hindemith / Tetzlaff, Et Al

Release Date: 07/11/1995 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45056   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt WeillPaul HindemithErnst Toch
Performer:  Christian TetzlaffVolker TessmannUlrich KönigBettina Wild,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind SoloistsGerman Chamber Philharmonic Bremen members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The biggest work on this unusual and intelligently chosen programme is also the highlight of the disc: Weill’s sardonic, fragile and disquieting Violin Concerto of 1924. It receives a performance of rare refinement: Tetzlaff rises to its virtuoso demands without compromising the spectral atmosphere and ambiguous half-lights so necessary to the first two movements. The wind soloists aid him with playing of remarkable colouristic range, and when all the performers let rip in the finale’s manic dance one hears the consistency of the ‘serious’ Weill: this movement, despite the occasional tinge of L’histoire du soldat and its nostalgic homage to Busoni, is clearly the progenitor of his Second Symphony’s saltarello finale. Hindemith and Toch were Read more among Weill’s leading contemporaries in the early Twenties: Weill’s Concerto is, for instance, directly comparable with some of Hindemith’s Kammermusik concertos of the same time. These two composers are represented here, however, by much later works. Hindemith’s Wind Septet, typically complete in its mastery of the instruments, is a good-natured, slightly too formulaic product of his full maturity, but seldom enough heard to make this first-rate performance welcome. Little of Toch’s music has ever made it onto disc; these Five Pieces (1959) are deft, witty, inventive and somewhat poker-faced, and open out from an austere quartet of woodwind to a large body of wind and percussion. An interesting reminder of a composer with whom we have still to come to grips. But it’s the Weill that makes this such a valuable disc.
Performance: 5 (out of 5) Sound: (out of 5)

Calum MacDonald
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Emmanuel's Church, Wuppertal-Oberbarmen 
Length: 25 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Septet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Trumpet by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Volker Tessmann (Bassoon), Ulrich König (Oboe), Bettina Wild (Flute),
Guido Schäfer (Clarinet), Matthias Höfs (Trumpet), Alexander Bader (Bass Clarinet),
Elke Schulze Höckelmann (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Emmanuel's Church, Wuppertal-Oberbarmen 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Pieces (5) for Winds and Percussion, Op. 83 by Ernst Toch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Emmanuel's Church, Wuppertal-Oberbarmen 
Length: 16 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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