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The Romantic Trombone Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996)
Concerto No. 12, op. 52 (1950) (Allegro moderato; Andante tranquillo;
Allegro molto) [14:04] Søren HYLDGAARD (b. 1962)
Concerto Borealis (2000, rev. 2005) (Allegro ritmico; Rubato
- Andante con moto; Andante con moto; Molto allegro) [16:55] Axel JØRGENSEN (1881-1947)
Romance, op. 21 (1916) [5:42]
Suite for Trombone and Orchestra, op. 22 (1926) (I Triomphale;
II Menuet giocoso; III Ballade; Polonaise (Tema con variazione))
[14:30] Launy GRØNDAHL (1886-1960)
Concerto pour trombone et orchestre (1924) first version
(I Moderato assai ma molto maestoso; II Quasi una leggenda.
Andante grave; III Finale: Maestoso - Rondo) [15:52]
Danish National Symphony Orchestra DR/Henrik Vagn Christensen;
rec. Danish Radio Concert Hall, January 2001 (Grøndahl);
with financial support from The Danish Conductors Association.
in cooperation with the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation. DACAPO 6.220526 [69:43]
Despite the wide spread of
dates this collection lives up to its romantic epithet.
The Holmboe is gruffly
rhythmic and manly yet allows Juul's splendid trombone the
serenading role. It's earlyish Holmboe and is instantly likeable
across its three tight little movements. Easily avoiding
buffoonery it put me in mind of the Gipps and Jacob horn
concertos on the recent Lyrita collection.
Soren Hyldgaard is
a new name to me. His zestful Concerto Borealis is
in four movements full of new worldly syncopation and sanguine
energy. Juul musters a slight vibrato for the singing Rubato movement
which recalls the lyric centrepiece of the RVW Tuba Concerto
mixed with intimations of vernal Copland. Best known for
his film music no wonder this atmospheric music comes across
with such instantly captivating quality. It's all very approachable
and yet not bland. The singing cantilena of the andante is
redolent of Rodrigo, grace notes and all. This is gracious
and honeyed writing with all the hallmarks of sincerity.
It ends in majesty with a sweeping golden gesture. It was
first written in 1997 as a piece for Juul and concert band.
Jorgensen's little Romance is a bonne bouche – a miniature
in the sweetened Saint-Saëns-Elgar mould - sentimental but
not perilously so. The same composer's four movement suite
from 1926 starts with an impatient Nielsen-like flourish
but soon settles for a pleasing rumbustious quality with
relaxation for smiling serenading which for me recalls the
more energetic music of Miaskovsky. There's some Tchaikovsky
in there as well - a redolence of the second movement of
Tchaikovsky 5. The final Polonaise has a Coatesian mien which
then looks towards Elgarian nobility and confidence.
well known as conductor but he composed as well as we know
from his Archaeopteryx and Violin Concerto. The Trombone
Concerto has kept his name at the surface for many years
and no wonder for it is a work of defiant confidence and
singing Rimskian quality. In this work and the others, Juul
and the orchestra are recorded with forthright power letting
us close to every detail - a real Decca FFSS quality job.
This fine collection adds pleasingly to our knowledge and
is decently tricked out with notes from Juul and Valdemar
I heard this in CD format
rather than SACD.
Buffoon no longer, the romancer
at the gate joins the horn and the tuba.
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