Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bruch, Max. (1838-1920) Swedish and Russian Dances.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
Label: CPO
First listen: 14-11-2012.
Second listen: 26-3-2014.
Third listen: 29-11-2016.
Recording dates: 2003-2004.
Recording venue: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Recording engineer: Rudolf Anslinger & Rainer Neumann.
Running time: 58:22.
Classical relevance: Essential if you like his music.

Works.

Suite after Russian Folk Melodies, for large orchestra, opus 79b.
Serenade after Swedish Melodies, for String orchestra, op. posth.
Swedish Dances No 1 & 2 opus 63 .

Performers.

SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Werner Andreas Albert.

These compositions by Bruch belong to the more successful side of his career as a composer. They are well orchestrated, and there is not a lazy note running around. Captivating melodies, sumptuous harmonies, flavoured with a plethora of nature images, and pastoral life in the country. Bruch took good care of the many opportunities to orchestrate it all in a perfect way, not missing an opportunity to make quite a show out of it. The orchestra puts this music in a pleasant musical frame. But as a side note I clearly am of the opinion that most of the tempi are too slow, and thus makes the music almost lethargic at times. Sort of a drowsiness comes over it all. Albert doesn't do the music a service by such a stance. The sound is good, but at certain places the orchestra is too forward and so gains a aggressive tone, that is not akin to the music. You will meet that in the opus 79b, flutes, trumpets and high strings can give you a nasty start. This is corrected in the Serenade, but here again the orchestra is placed in front of you, very loud indeed. So watch your volume after opus 79b. But in general there is enough depth and detail in the sound stage but it would have been easy to make it even better.



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