Friday, November 25, 2016

New Acquisition. Jadassohn, Salomon, (1831-1902) Symphonies No. 1 & 2.

From my collection.
Bought in March 2015.
First listen: 3-3-2015.
Second listen: 9-3-2015.
Third listen: 27-3-2015.
Fourth listen: 25-11-2016.
Label: CPO. 
CD 1 from 2.
Recording dates:  January 2010 & May 2013.
Recording venue: Konzerthalle "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" Frankfurt. (Oder)
Recording engineers: Andreas Ruge & Holger Urbach.
Running time CD I,  59:27.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 1, opus 24 in C major.
Symphony No. 2, opus 28 in A major.
Cavatina for Violin and Orchestra, opus 69.

Performed by:

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, Frankfurt an der Oder, Howard Griffiths.
Klaudyna Schulze, Broniewska, Violin.

After hearing some of his Chamber music I always hoped that one day they would record his orchestral works, amongst them his four Symphonies, although I certainly did not expect CPO to pick this up, but they did, and for this they deserve huge plaudits. I was truly amazed at Jadassohn's writing, and expected the same amount of creativity with his Symphonies, and lo and behold, I was not disappointed. Of course one must keep in mind that Jadassohn composed after three models he found the epitome of good taste in melody and contrapunt, and working with that he devised highly original works, in which you may hear  Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Gernsheim, but in such a way, that  he keeps his own personal stamp.  Music that was lost for a long time, lingering in Russian faults after the second WW, and nearly ruined by a water flood.

The first Symphony is despite the fact that Mendelssohn is his inspiration a very original work. The way Jadassohn works out his melodies, drawn from Mendelssohn, absolutely, but his scoring is a creative surge of genius, and a highly enjoyable one. Not a moment of boredom, but instead invigorating music. The second Symphony lets you hear Schumann and Mendelssohn combined, with a touch of Schubert, and like with his first Symphony, he combines it all in his own remarkable way. It kept me firm at the lesson, for Griffiths is giving us tightly controlled interpretations, with plenty of rhythmic drive, and a huge insight in the finer details of the music. It's a feast to hear this orchestra at work. I am highly surprised at the recording but above all the music that Jadassohn wrote.
I am afraid that the Cavatina for Violin and orchestra is ruined by the first violinist of this orchestra. This thoroughly romantic piece is played in one legato line of almost 9 minutes, and therefore the sweetness of the music gets almost unbearable. Furthermore is the tonal expression of the music almost zero, despite the fact that she plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1763, A missed chance, but whatever, at least we have both Symphonies in superb interpretations.
The recordings are really very good.


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