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Zimmermann: Trumpet, Oboe & Cello Concertos / Gielen


Release Date: 03/25/2010 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 434114   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Håkan HardenbergerHeinz HolligerHeinrich Schiff
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anyone who has been intrigued—and perhaps also intimidated—by Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera Die Soldaten should try this disc. While it might be regarded, negatively, as demonstrating the disintegration of a musical language, it also suggests that unsparing criticism—both of oneself and of the contemporary musical world—can promote a creative odyssey of great communicative force.

The Oboe Concerto (1952) vigorously confronts the central postwar challenge: if you want to embrace the new (serialism) alongside the old (neoclassicism), how do you keep your balance? The answer, for Zimmermann, was 'precariously', and the Oboe Concerto is the only work of the four included here not to chart the discovery and growth of anxiety and
Read more doubt. In the Trumpet Concerto (1954) the absorption of a negro spiritual and elements of jazz serve to intensify the trauma of a search for stylistic equilibrium. Yet again the result is an impressive work of art strongly built and progressing inexorably to a bleak conclusion.

Canto di speranza (the 1957 revision of a score completed in 1953) brings us still closer to the apocalyptic modernism of Die Soldaten (begun in 1958) as models—notably Webern—become objects of mockery. The Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois, written after the opera in 1965-6, completes the process of recreative rejection. It is a haunting fantasy, at once ballet score and concert work, a parody of nineteenth-century terpsichorean conventions which is as bitter in tone as it is beguiling in sound.

Philips have assembled three star soloists for this well-recorded disc, and with sterling orchestral support they do the music proud.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Trumpet in C major "Nobody knows de trouble I see" by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1992 
2. Concerto for Oboe by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
3. Concerto for Cello "en forme de pas de trois" by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 
4. Canto di speranza by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952/1957; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 

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