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Genzmer: Solo Concertos / Matiakh, Berlin Radio Symphony


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5330  
Composer:  Harald Genzmer
Performer:  Oliver TriendlPatrick DemengaJorgen Van Rijen
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harald Genzmer was a composition pupil of Paul Hindemith in Berlin from 1928 to 1934. Whoever studies Genzmer’s enormous oeuvre in detail will recognize in the pupil’s music many Romantic gestures and a sensual imagination rarely occurring in the teacher’s works. What Genzmer adopted from his mentor was the masterly craftsmanship, an awareness of classicism and form and joy in performing in itself and in the colours of the most differing instruments. The broadly educated scion of an academic family never regarded himself as a genius transcending boundaries, but as the servant of performers and the public: ‘Music should be zestful, artful and comprehensible. As practicable, it may win over the interpreter, and then the listener as Read more graspable’. Musicians have always enjoyed performing Genzmer’s inspired music, which is affectionally adapted to the most varied instrumentations, and are now continuing to do so in increasing measure. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano No. 1 by Harald Genzmer
Performer:  Oliver Triendl (Piano)
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Cello by Harald Genzmer
Performer:  Patrick Demenga (Cello)
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
3.
Concerto for Trombone by Harald Genzmer
Performer:  Jorgen Van Rijen (Trombone)
Conductor:  Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Zestful, Artful, Graspable October 17, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "German composer Harald Genzmer had a philosophy. "Music should be zestful, artful and comprehensible. As practicable, it may win over the interpreter, and then the listener as graspable." The three concertos in this release, spanning 60 years, show Grenzmer remained true to his ideal. In 1938 Genzmer had just completed his studies with Paul Hindemith. His Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 bears traces of Hindemith. It's written in a post-romantic style that still leans towards tonality. The concerto an elegantly structured work that's easy to follow. In this work, Genmzer seems more playful than his teacher. There are some jazz elements woven into the piano part. The work has a jazzy, light-hearted feel to it. Perhaps Genzmer would call it zestful. The Concerto for Cello and Orchestra was completed in 1950. And while the tenets of Genzmer's philosophy are still there, they're expressed in a more mature fashion. The work is darker and more serious than the pre-war piano concerto. Genzmer's language, though still tonal, has more chromatic elements in it. At times I was reminded of Stravinsky and Bartok. Genzmer wrote the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra when he was 90. His musical language is stripped down to its bare essentials. The work has a tight focus to it. I sensed that every note is there for a reason, and it's doing double duty. Still, it is a tonal composition, and is both "artful and comprehensible." The Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, directed by Ariane Matiakh, deliver straightforward, no-nonsense performances. In a way, the performers let Genzmer's music speak for itself. And it does just fine. Genzmer's music is always listener-friendly, but never pandering. He's a composer that has something to say, and want to make sure what he says is understood. Did he succeed? I think "graspable" may be an understatement." Report Abuse
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