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CHAN 10505

Marx: Orchestral Songs and Choral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

BBC Symphony Orchestra


Jiri Belohlavek


Christine Brewer

soprano

Apollo Voices


Trinity Boys Choir


BBC Symphony Chorus



Venue:

Watford Colosseum


Maida Vale Studios, London



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant: choral works)

Philip Ashley

(Assistant: orchestral songs)

Ralph Couzens

(choral works)

Neil Pemberton

(orchestral songs)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 70:24
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JOSEPH MARX

(1882-1964)
   
premiere recording
 

Herbstchor an Pan

18:45  
  for Mixed Chorus, Boys' Chorus, Orchestra and Organ  
  Elizabeth Roberts soprano  
  Vernon Kirk tenor  
  Graham Titus bass  
1 'Willst du es nicht glauben'. Langsam (doch nicht schleppend) - 3:52
2 'Der große Flurgbott, trunken und schwer'. Erzählend - 2:31
3 'Grämlich dahinter dehnt sich der große Pan'. Langsam - 8:36
4 Ziemlich langsam - Belebend - 'Kehr in dich! Kehr ein!'. Breit - 3:45
5 

Barkarole

7:01
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  Ruhig fließend - Ruhiger - Bewegter - Beschwingt - 7:01      
 Christine Brewer soprano
6 

Zigeuner

2:40
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  Phantastisch, frei im Vortrag  
 Christine Brewer soprano
7 

Der bescheidene Schäfer

2:10
  for High Voice and String Orchestra  
  from Lieder und Gesänge, Second Series No. 3  
  Anmutig  
 Christine Brewer soprano
8 

Selige Nacht

2:28
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  Leise und ruhig - Breiter - Ruhiger - Breit  
 Christine Brewer soprano
9 

Sommerlied

2:01
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  from Lieder und Gesänge, First Series No. 22  
  Frisch - Breiter  
 Christine Brewer soprano
10 

Marienlied

2:36
  for Voice and Orchestra  
  Leicht und gehend (poco rubato)  
 Christine Brewer soprano
11 

Maienblüten

1:57
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  from Lieder und Gesänge, First Series No. 16  
  Langsam und ausdrucksvoll (nie schleppen) - Breit - Tempo I  
 Christine Brewer soprano
12 

Waldseligkeit

1:12
  for High Voice, Solo Cello and String Orchestra  
  Susan Monks cello  
  Fließend  
 Christine Brewer soprano
13 

Und gestern hat er mit Rosen gebracht

2:35
  for Voice and Orchestra  
  Ziemlich rasch, doch nicht eilen - Leicht und weich -  
 Christine Brewer soprano
14 

Piemontesisches Volkslied

2:08
  for High Voice and String Orchestra  
  from Lieder und gesänge, Third Series No. 7  
  Bewegt  
 Christine Brewer soprano
15 

Ständchen

2:00
  for High Voice and String Orchestra  
  Leise bewegt  
 Christine Brewer soprano
16 

Hat dich die Liebe berührt

2:37
  for High Voice and Orchestra  
  Langsam und ausdrucksvoll (doch nicht schleppend) -  
 Christine Brewer soprano
   
premiere recording
17 

Morgengesang

8:27
  for Male Chorus and Orchestra  
  Arranged by A. Wassermann  
  Breit, doch nicht schleppend - Breit (nicht eilen!) -  
   
premiere recording
18 

Berghymne

2:20
  for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra  
  Arranged by Stefan Esser and Berkant Haydin  
  Festlich - Langsam - Langasm und festlich  
   
premiere recording
19 

Ein Neujahrshymnus

9:28
  for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra  
  Arranged by Stefan Esser and Berkant Haydin  
  Feierlich bewegt - Etwas bewegter - Schwungvoll -  
Chandos’ Record of the Month sees Jirí Belohlávek conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the long overdue premiere of four choral works, along with the first complete recording of Marx’s orchestral songs for soprano, performed by Christine Brewer.

The Austrian composer Joseph Marx was for much of his long career a musical authority of world renown. Within his large output, his songs were amongst his greatest musical achievements, unifying romanticism, impressionism and expressionism with revolutionary results. Many thought him the rightful successor to Hugo Wolf and yet today the name and music of Joseph Marx have fallen into obscurity.

The ‘Marx style’ is unmistakable. It is characterised by a highly personal compositional technique displaying a polyphonic harmony of full sonority, allied to masterly contrapuntal skills, and frequent key changes which occur apparently at random but are in fact distributed with utter logic. The music strikes the listener as timeless, refreshingly modern and, above all, surprising, able to exploit tonal means of expression to the full and raise the spirits of every true lover of melody.

Three works are of particular note. Herbstchor an Pan, a single-movement cantata written in 1911, lasts very nearly twenty minutes and was Marx’s first, and for many years only, orchestral composition. It has inexplicably fallen into oblivion in the past five decades. However, it has turned out to be one of the masterpieces of its entire era. Ein Neujahrshymnus (A Hymn for the New Year) is richly orchestrated and demonstrates the profound romantic vein of Joseph Marx; it is here performed for the first time in its orchestral version. This disc represents not only the first recording of Berghymne but also its world premiere performance.

We are indebted to the Marx Society for their efforts to promote this composer, and allowing the wider public to hear the outstanding quality of his works. The greatness of the music is indisputable and this recording will make for an important addition to the classical music catalogue.

Although these works are rarely done, the performers sound completely at ease with them and, where appropriate, suitably transcendent. Belohlavek guides them with a sure hand, allowing the climaxes room to expand. Chandos’s sound is at its customary high level; even in a heavily scored work like the Autumn Chorus to Pan, vocal and orchestral balances remain natural. In sum, an aural feast.
American Record Guide

The luxuriantly recorded Chandos disc is particularly welcome for featuring premiere recordings of four relatively early choral pieces… Performed here with considerable emotional conviction by Jiri Belohlavek and the massed forces of Trinity Boys Choir and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chorus.
BBC Music Magazine




*****
A Crocker