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In My Mountains - Dostal Conducts Dostal / Berlin PO


Release Date: 03/01/2002 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999811   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nico Dostal
Performer:  Lothar Broddack
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Viennese composer Nico Dostal (1895-1981) was probably the last in the line of more or less famous operetta composers beginning with Johann Stauss, Jr. and including such familiar names as Lehár and Kalmán. On the evidence here, he was a better orchestrator than any of them. Fröhliches Spiel (Happy Game), subtitled "Scherzo Overture," has much of the sparkle and charm of, say, Kabalevsky's Colas Breugon Overture. Dostal "decompacts" typical operetta scoring, with its excessive reliance on simple rhythms and homophonic textures reinforced at climaxes by overbearing cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, and triangle. In the delightful Spanish Sketches, for example, he keeps textures light and luminous, while Read more the tunes have more ethnic flavor than many other Viennese musical evocations of different ethnic idioms.


Of course, Dostal is right at home in the lovely Romantic suite In My Mountains, which begins with a gentle morning pastoral and ends "On the Summit." The concert waltz "Vienna Memories" has a more generic quality, but the Blues-Fantasie for piano and orchestra shows Dostal ranging farther afield--and quite successfully too. Finally, the luscious miniature "A Moon for Lovers" sounds for all the world like a lost work of Ketèlby, and it's certainly no worse off for that. It may be pure kitsch (crooning saxophone and all), but it's high quality kitsch. Dostal loved it, and no wonder. We can presume that all of the performances, under the composer himself, embody exactly what he wanted. He certainly gets polished playing from the Berlin Philharmonic. The 1979 sonics, while not state of the art, also leave little to be desired. Good, clean fun.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fröliches Spiel by Nico Dostal
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950s; Austria 
2.
Spanische Skizzen by Nico Dostal
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
3.
Wiener Erinnerungen by Nico Dostal
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1946; Germany 
4.
Blues-Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra by Nico Dostal
Performer:  Lothar Broddack (Piano)
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
5.
Exotica Suite: Ein Mond für Verliebte by Nico Dostal
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
6.
In meinen Bergen by Nico Dostal
Conductor:  Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; Germany 

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