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Gottfried von Einem Philadelphia Symphony and "Die Stundenlied"

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« on: June 20, 2018, 04:00:23 pm »

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this cd! I know that von Einem in not terribly well-known and is not really in fashion. I suspect he is seen by most as one of those earnest Austro-German composers wedded to a sort of neo-classical tonality (a bit like his teacher Johann Nepomuk David Grin) but the Philadelphia Symphony-although "frightfully" old-fashioned and "conservative" is extremely easy on the ear and "Die Stundenlied" (written to a text by Berthold Brecht) is actually rather fine and full of vigour and passion.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 01:48:25 am »

It's a typical oversight that record companies are tripping all over themselves to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial while giving us almost nothing of Gottfried von Einem on his centennial. I would have thought DGG or some other respected Old World labels besides Orfeo might have risen to the occasion. Crickets. The fact that his rollicking Concerto for Orchestra remains unrecorded is a particular disgrace, especially given that a society dedicated to his work is supposed to be spreading his legacy. Amazing. Anyway the Philadelphia Symphony is indeed an extraordinarily fine work with an excellent performance on this particular disc, though the other pieces do not reveal the charms quickly. IMHO!
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