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Klenau - Concertos, Symphony no.8 | Dacapo 8224744

Klenau - Concertos, Symphony no.8

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 8224744

Barcode: 0747313694426

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th May 2023

Contents

Artists

Ziyu He (violin)
Soren Rastogi (piano)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Hans Graf

Works

Klenau, Paul von

Piano Concerto
Symphony no.8
Violin Concerto

Artists

Ziyu He (violin)
Soren Rastogi (piano)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Hans Graf

About

This album presents a glimpse of Paul von Klenauís vast collection of music created during the Second World War when he produced works, almost obsessively, until his passing in 1946. The album includes world-premiere recordings of Klenauís Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto and Symphony no.8, showcasing his mastery of both tonal and atonal sonorities, his distinctive introspective style, and his exceptional talent for venturing into uncharted musical realms.

Paul von Klenau (1883-1946) was a controversial figure in Danish music life. Although being highly productive, he and his music disappeared from view after his death in kind of collective amnesia.

At age 19, he travelled to Germany, where he settled and established a succesful career as a conductor and composer. Though he never joined the party, he expressed views that aligned with those of the Nazis.

This album features three world-premiere recordings. The works were found amongst his surviving papers in 2005 and none of them had been performed during Klenau's lifetime.

The Piano Concerto is built upon Klenau's "key-determined twelve-tone system", but comes across as classical with elements familiar in tonally-based music. A personal work, which plays out his situation during the Second World War.

The Symphony no.8 is written "in the old style" with a Rococo spirit: light, cheerful and playful. The work was maybe just as much an exercise for his own pleasure, as he didn't try to have it performed or published, but there is much more in the music than just a stylistic exercise.

The Violin Concerto is a twelve-tone work according to Klenau himself, but its musical expression is more late Romantic in style.

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