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HOLMBOE, V.: Viola Concerto / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto for Orchestra (Heide, Tomter, Norrkoping Symphony, Slobodeniouk)

HOLMBOE, V.: Viola Concerto / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto for Orchestra (Heide, Tomter, Norrkoping Symphony, Slobodeniouk)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 192Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk

Conductor

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Lars Anders Tomter

Soloist

Erik Heide

Soloist

Venue:

De Geerhallen, Norrkoping

Venue

Record Label
Dacapo

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 59:15
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HOLMBOE, V.: Viola Concerto / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto for Orchestra (Heide, Tomter, Norrkoping Symphony, Slobodeniouk)

     
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VAGN HOLMBOE

     
 

Viola Concerto, Op. 189

 
1 I. Allegro moderato, ma con forza 07:21
2 II. Allegro - Andante - Vivace 13:58
 Lars Anders Tomter Soloist
     
3 

Concerto for Orchestra

13:12
 Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra Orchestra
     
 

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 139

 
4 I. Allegro - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I 11:46
5 II. Adagio affettuoso - Allegro molto 12:58
 Erik Heide Soloist
     
  Dima Slobodeniouk Conductor


Vagn Holmboe’s solo concertos for violin and viola are works that combine the composer’s own purist Nordic style with a huge declaration of love for the wild, dancing eastern European folk music that captivated him throughout his life. These premiere recordings by some of Scandi navia’s strongest string soloists – Norwegian Lars Anders Tomter and Swedish Erik Heide fronting the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk – are joined by Holmboe’s Concerto for Orchestra, which has never been performed before.

 

Concertos beyond time and space by Jens Cornelius

Vagn Holmboe is one of those composers whose works are so plentiful and of such high quality that it can be hard to form an overall impression of the oeuvre. Inevitably, this also means that some works may be unjustifiably overlooked. The situation surrounding his many solo concertos is particularly confusing, partly because there are solo concertos among the almost 80 works that the young Holmboe composed before his first official opus 1, and partly because most of Holmboe’s 13 "chamber concertos" from the 1940s are in reality solo con-certos - simply with a small orchestral ensemble.

The special status of the chamber concertos has paradoxically overshadowed Holm-boe’s larger solo concertos. Such is the case for example with the two solo concertos on this album, which have never been recorded before.

 

 "Recently, more and more listeners have been investigating the music of Holmboe and finding its very individual appeal ever more winning. If the concertos here are clearly not as significant in the composer’s output as his more weighty symphonies, they are nevertheless essential purchases for those who have been collecting the latter, and the sheer musicianship of the soloists here is nonpareil. The concertos for violin and viola are infused with the composer’s flavoursome Nordic style."

 
Barry Forshaw - Classical CD Choice - 24 April 2013 
 

                  Artistic Quality: 10             Sound Quality: 10  

"Discs like this, full of music that’s modern but approachable, immaculately crafted and humane, only reinforce Holmboe’s claim to be regarded as one of the major voices in 20th century music."

David Hurwitz - Classicstoday.com - 16 April 2013

 

 


 "Recently, more and more listeners have been investigating the music of Holmboe and finding its very individual appeal ever more winning. If the concertos here are clearly not as significant in the composer’s output as his more weighty symphonies, they are nevertheless essential purchases for those who have been collecting the latter, and the sheer musicianship of the soloists here is nonpareil. The concertos for violin and viola are infused with the composer’s flavoursome Nordic style."

 
Barry Forshaw - Classical CD Choice - 24 April 2013 
 

"...Excellent performances, beautifully recorded by Dacapo. Highly recommended!"

Robert Benson - ClassicalCDReview.com - 21 May 2013

 

;Concertos’ is the latest instalment in Danish label Dacapo’s ongoing Holmboe-fest, a truly fantastic series that stretches back many years and which has yielded more than a dozen albums. This review considers the latest half a dozen of a series which almost seems to be accelerating, all the above having been released in the last two eighteen months or so. Holmboe wrote a lot of music, and there is every indication that this will all add up to a complete works, culminating eventually, for those who have the patience, in a bargain-priced boxed set. At any rate, ’Concertos’ is an excellent place to start a collection of Holmboe’s music, a path that all true music lovers should take unhesitatingly. An incredible 63 years separate the first and second works, the excellence of both giving some indication of the unfailing fertility of Holmboe’s imagination. The excitingly virtuosic but also memorably melodious viola and violin concertos are both premiere recordings. The outstanding concerto for orchestra is too, but, rather startlingly, this recording is thought to be its first ever performance - even Holmboe never got to hear it! The twentieth century has thrown up many neglected works with this title that deserve to feature regularly in concert halls alongside the famous one by Bartók; Holmboe’s as a high-ranker. On a downbeat, whilst this recording’s engineering is in ’Super Audio’ and generally very good, the concerto for orchestra, for reasons best known to Dacapo, has been trimmed in the upper decibel range, giving a slightly flat feeling - all the odder given that the works were all recorded at the same time and venue. Nonetheless, with the quality playing of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and two fine soloists, this disc, even with the sub-hour running time, adds up to a must-have. The booklet notes assert that "Holmboe is one of those composers whose works are so plentiful and of such high quality that it can be hard to form an overall impression of the oeuvre."Previous entries in the Dacapo series certainly give credence to this idea."
 
Byzantion - MusicWeb-International.com - 21 June 2013

 "...Excellent performances, beautifully recorded by Dacapo. Highly recommended!"

 
Robert Benson - ClassicalCDReview.com - 21 May 2013
 

              Editor’s Choice

"...That this is one of the finest viola concertos ever penned I have not the slightest doubt, and it is thrown off with dazzling virtuosity by Tomter and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra under Russian-born, Finnish-resident Dima Slobodeniouk... Ensemble MidtVest’s follow-up to their very well-received first chamber music disc is equally impressive."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - 26 June 2013


"..."I’m deeply impressed with Holmboe, probably Denmark’s greatest composer after Nielsen... Recommended for all admirers of well-crafted modern music."

Lee Passarella - Audiophile Audition.com - 8 August 2013




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