This is an extremely interesting series focusing on
parental relationships in Danish music. We have already had good recordings
of some of the works on this present issue but I can confidently recommend
Iona Brown's conducting as some of the best I've heard in this repertoire.
The short 'Mariotta' Overture bristles and bustles along in typical
Gadian post-Mendelssohn fashion whilst the Shakespearean tragedies of
'Hamlet' are intimately well-portrayed in this closely miked interpretation.
The short but purposeful 'Capriccio' shows Gade's
intricate talents as a violin composer and the young attractive soloist,
Christina Astrand is well-attuned to the various virtuosic melodies
that permeate the work and I would stake my money that she is a name
to watch out for. Indeed, more scholarly wonders percolate her playing
of the Axel Gade Concerto, a seminal work that does not deserve the
neglect it has unfortunately fallen into. Just less than half-an hour
in length, the concerto features some fiendishly difficult solo passagework
but there are some wonderful melodies, especially in the deeply felt
and noble slow movement.
''Echoes of Ossian' is a popular work and I remember
listening to a particularly fine Chandos version a couple of years back.
Ioana Brown and the Jutland Orchestra are well-attuned to the spirit
of the overture and the typically Danish atmosphere is beautifully caught.
Danacord have provided an excellent recording balance and copious notes
inform the listener with extremely detailed biographical details. You
may not be discovering masterworks here but the whole project is commendable