Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hartmann, Emil. (1836-1898) Orchestral Works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2011.
First listen: 4-2-2011.
Second listen: 3-3-2011.
Third listen: 18-4-2017.
Label: DaCapo.
Recording dates: September 2003 & August 2004.
Recording venue: Helsingborg Konserthus, Sweden.
Recording engineer: Preben Iwan.
Running time: 70:09.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G minor opus 19. (1876)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor opus 26. (1879)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F minor opus 47. (1890)

Performed by:
Christina Åstrand, Violin.
Stanimir Todorov, Cello.
Per Salo, Piano.
Helsingborg SO, Hannu Lintu.

Emil Hartmann's career is unfortunately a bit overshadowed by his father JPE Hartmann. He was under appreciated by the critics and public alike in his own country, but revered in Germany. Consequently he spend a lot of his time in Germany learning and composing, which is only natural, considering the treatment he got by his compatriots.  His music is every bit original as any other composer I heard from his regions, and after listening to these three concertos everyone with his musical heart in the right place could not doubt the absolute originality and unbounded creativity Hartmann is letting us into. The Violin concerto is a real gem, it shines and brittles with eagerness, and impressive melodic moments. It has a coherence which makes this concerto every bit as interesting as say Sibelius or Svendsen to name a few. The Cello concerto is no less a stunner of the first order. The same melodic creativity, this overflowing well of passion and romance, brilliantly put together in three movements, and played with panache and unbridled enthusiasm. The Piano concerto is also an impressive work. Not at all like the concertos I know,  like the one from Grieg for instance. It has it's own originality and a stamp of authenticity which is also traceable in the previous concertos. A composer that has a mind of his own and a sound world quite unlike others. I really like what I hear.
The performances are top notch of all participants, and the recording is near State of the Art.




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