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Holmboe - Concertos for Piano, Clarinet and Oboe; Beatus Parvo

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Catalogue numberBIS-1176 CD
Release date2004-12-28
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time78:06

The prolific Danish composer Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996) has been a major concern of BIS’ for quite some time now. In all we have released 12 CDs dedicated to his music – in particular to his orchestral works – including the complete cycle of 13 symphonies (re-released in a 6-CD box, BIS-CD-843/46). Besides the symphonic genre, Holmboe also favoured the concerto form. In his catalogue there are 21 works for solo instrument(s) and orchestra, and we have now released a total of 11 of these works. The three concertos on the present CD are all part of the series that Holmboe initially called ‘chamber concertos’, reverting to the more conventional title ‘concertos’ mid-way. But still: the format is smaller than a full-blown, romantic concerto – both in terms of scoring (the Piano Concerto is scored for piano, strings and timpani only) and in duration. Written over a period of six years (1939-1945) the concertos for piano, clarinet and oboe show the various influences (Bartòk, neo-classicism etc) that the composer integrated in his own music – music that The New Grove Dictionary of Music describes as being of ‘a rare continuity and quality of thought.’ In order to guarantee the continuity of the BIS Holmboe series, the task of recording these works has been entrusted to conductor Owain Arwel Hughes and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; the same team that has been so highly praised for earlier instalments. (About BIS-CD-917, International Record Review wrote: ‘As his BIS cycle of the symphonies has shown, Owain Arwel Hughes and his fine Aalborg musicians are completely attuned to Holmboe's world... Recommended with all possible enthusiasm.’) The soloists Noriko Ogawa, Martin Fröst and Gordon Hunt will be known for their many and varied BIS recordings. And to round off the disc is a rarity: a setting of Psalm 32, Beatus Parvo, for choir and orchestra, composed in 1972 and an example of the composer’s important choral output. (According to the Grove article quoted above, Holmboe is ‘one of the few post-World War II Scandinavian composers to possess a natural feeling for vocal line and for polyphony.’)
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Holmboe, Vagn
  Concerto No.1 for piano and orchestra, Op.17 24:56
01 I. Molto moderato 18:04 $ 3.79 USD
02 II. Molto allegro 06:52 $ 1.44 USD
  Concerto No.3 for clarinet and orchestra, Op.21 16:41
03 I. Allegro non troppo 11:00 $ 2.31 USD
04 II. Allegro giocoso 05:41 $ 1.19 USD
  Concerto No.7 for oboe and orchestra, Op.37 17:44
05 I. Molto moderato - - Allegro non troppo 12:31 $ 2.63 USD
06 II. Allegretto con moto 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
  Beatus Parvo for choir and orchestra, Op.117 (text: Psalm 32) 17:15
07 I. Beati quorum 04:25 $ 0.93 USD
08 II. Quoniam tacui 03:25 $ 0.72 USD
09 III. Delictum meum 04:54 $ 1.03 USD
10 IV. Multa flagella 04:31 $ 0.95 USD
  Album total 78:06
OrchestraAalborg Symphony Orchestra
ConductorArwel Hughes, Owain
PianoOgawa, Noriko
ComposerHolmboe, Vagn
ClarinetFröst, Martin
OboeHunt, Gordon
ChoirDanish National Opera Choir

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