Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Klughardt, August. (1847-1902) Orchestral Works. Symphony No. 4, and Drei Stücke opus 87.

New acquisition.
Bought in February 2017.
First listen: 22-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: April/December 2011.
Recording venue: Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt, Katharina Saal, Germany.
Recording engineer: Stephan Reh.
Running time: 53:48.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, opus 57.
Drei Stücke opus 87.

Performed by:
Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Antony Hermus.

Another CD with music from August Klughardt in my collection, and a most welcome one, since I am an admirer of him  when the first cd with his music was released on the Sterling label. He is an ace in kontrapunkt, and an very able orchestrator. This all leads to interesting orchestral works, that never outlast its welcome. From beginning to end these romantic works fascinated me. I am always surprised in what Klughardt is able to write down.  A composer that was highly regarded, and should still be in everyone's collection. That his work is forgotten does not mean that there was any reason for it, on the contrary, his compositions are of a geniality that escaped many a composer before or after him. The Fourth symphony is a monumental work, that has a happy outlook, brimful with clear emotional outpourings, cleverly and without undue sentiment put together. It is dedicated to his friend the Hereditary Prince Friedrich von Anhalt in the most heartfelt admiration. This work has my admiration too. The opus 87 is not as monumental as his Fourth symphony, but of a lighter vein, albeit not less in the orchestral skills displayed. Dedicated to Baroness Julie von Cohn-Oppenheim. She was the daughter of the court banker Moritz von Cohn. He and she contributed generously to the arts in the city of Dessau. She died only 5 months after Klughardt.
The three movements are dances, light in character but weighty in creative ideas, quite unlike anything I heard from this composer. Especially the third dance "Tarantelle" is a marvel in orchestration, and had me in raptures.
The performance by this orchestra is extremely good, well instructed by Antony Hermus, a rising star in my book. The recording is almost State of the Art, but some minor imbalance in the upper frequencies made me decide against that. Maybe it's the acoustics of the venue that hardens the violins and brass a bit up.




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