Krenek: Music for Chamber Orchestra
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Ernst Krenek: Music for Chamber Orchestra

Catalogue Number: TOCC0125
EAN: 5060113441256
Release Date: 25 June 2012
Duration: 76:59

Von Vorn Herein, Op. 219
Die Nachtigall, Op. 68a
Im Tal der Zeit, Op. 232
Static and Ecstatic, Op. 214
The Dissembler, Op. 229

Agata Zubel, soprano
Mathias Hausmann, baritone
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor

These five works for chamber orchestra by Ernst Krenek (1900–91) were written between 1931 and 1979 – both before and long after Krenek abandoned Hitler’s Austria for California. They demonstrate that serial music, in capable hands, does not have to abandon the virtues of more conservative idioms: the emotions embraced here range from translucent lyricism, via powerful dramatic utterance, to uneasy existentialist humour.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 76:59
1 Von Vorn Herein, Op. 219 (1974)

Ernst Krenek, composer
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor
10:05 play
2 Die Nachtigall, Op. 68a (1931)

Ernst Krenek, composer
Agata Zubel, soprano
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor
8:18 play
3 Im Tal der Zeit, Op. 232 (1979)

Ernst Krenek, composer
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor

(first recording)
13:31 play
4-13 Static and Ecstatic, Op. 214 (1971-72)

Ernst Krenek, composer
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor

(first digital recording)
22:59
4 Movement 1 1:14 play
5 Movement 2 1:05 play
6 Movement 3 1:58 play
7 Movement 4 3:10 play
8 Movement 5 1:37 play
9 Movement 6 2:12 play
10 Movement 7 2:54 play
11 Movement 8 3:20 play
12 Movement 9 1:39 play
13 Movement 10 3:50 play
14 The Dissembler, Op. 229 (1978)

Ernst Krenek, composer
Mathias Hausmann, baritone
Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
Ernst Kovacic, conductor
22:06 play

Artists

Ernst Křenek, 1923

Ernst Krenek, composer
[credit: Suse Byk (Berlin)]

Agata Zubel

Agata Zubel, soprano
[credit: Jakub Pajewski]

Mathias Hausmann

Mathias Hausmann, baritone
[credit: Wilfried Lösl]

Leopoldinum Orchestra

Leopoldinum Orchestra, chamber orchestra
[credit: Łukasz Rajchert]

Ernst Kovacic

Ernst Kovacic, conductor
[credit: Łukasz Rajchert]

Reviews

...As a determined non-practitioner of systematic –isms, Krenek invariably spins surprises throughout the course of each of these works.

...There are excellent performances from both singers, and Agata Zubel is as acute in her perceptive reading of early Krenek as Hausmann is in the more stylistically variegated pleasures of the older composer. The recording in the Hall of Radio Wrocław is first class. Presiding over his soloists and the Leopoldinum Orchestra is a man best known as a violinist, Ernst Kovacic. He proves a splendid agent through which we can experience Krenek’s endlessly fertile and imaginative music.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International May 2014

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