Braunfels - Quintet for Strings, Sinfonia concertante | CPO 7775792

Braunfels - Quintet for Strings, Sinfonia concertante

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7775792

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st August 2018

Contents

Artists

Henri Raudales (violin)
Norbert Merkl (viola)
Karl Reitmayr (horn)
Marc Ostertag (horn)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ulf Schirmer

Works

Braunfels, Walter

Sinfonia concertante, op.68
String Quintet in F sharp minor, op.63a (version for string orchestra)

Artists

Henri Raudales (violin)
Norbert Merkl (viola)
Karl Reitmayr (horn)
Marc Ostertag (horn)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ulf Schirmer

About

During the initial decades of the twentieth century Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) was one of Germany's most successful composers. However, when the Nazis seized power, his works, including his exceptionally popular Die Vögel (The Birds) suddenly disappeared from the theatres and concert halls. Braunfels had to professionally retire, but continued to compose, and this experience generated surprising creative energies in him. Among other things, towards the end of the war he discovered the opportunities offered by chamber music, which significantly broadened his horizons. Two quartets and a quintet for strings were the first fruits of this new experience, which was articulated in a fascinatingly independent style: the highly expressive String Quintet (1944-45), heard on this disc in an arrangement by Braunfels's pupil Frithjof Haas, and the virtuosic Sinfonia concertante (1946-47).

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