Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Marx, Joseph. (1882-1964) Orchestral works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 26-8-2010.
Second listen: 28-8-2010.
Third listen: 30-11-2016.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: March 19-21, 2007.
Recording venue: ORF Kulturhaus, Studio 6. Austria.
Recording engineer: Anton Reininger.
Running time: 63:06.
Classical relevance: Extremely relevant.

Works performed:
Eine Frühlingsmusik.
Idylle.
Feste im Herbst.

Performed by:
Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Johannes Wildner.

Despite the fact that this composer was almost singlehandedly responsible for putting Austria on the cultural map again after WWII, and the fact that he was one of the most important composers in his time, who had an unique and masterful way of composing modern romantic music, yet at the same time, taking his inspiration from the past, he was nevertheless trampled on by ignoranti and uninformed  idiots who shout whatever is in vogue. And thus an unique human being and composer was forgotten, and thus it will stay that way. It's simply the reality of this time, and misinformed individuals. You may read this all on Wikipedia if interested.
Scriabin and Debussy are for me the prime influences in this music. A dream world of magnificent proportions, with the immense colours Scriabin would use, and the waves of endless sound from Debussy. Put together and you have Marx, but he has unmistakingly his own sound. A great orchestrator, you have to take a lot in when listening, for it's brimful with so many ideas and so many changes of tone, melody, and rhythm, that I would not advise you to listen to all three works at the same time, for the moment surely comes that your mind is simply to full. Feste im Herbst is his last work, and the following 18 years it was all silence. Thus that work is too my ears an absolute masterwork, that doesn't know its equal. He thought this his last word in music and his musical testament to the world at large. And there is no better way to go as in such a manner Marx choose.
The recording is first rate, an excellent soundstage, front to back, and a myriad of details.
An absolute must.




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