Mielck: Orchestral and Choral Works
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Ernst Mielck: Orchestral and Choral Works

Catalogue Number: TOCC0174
EAN: 5060113441744
Release Date: 3 June 2013
Duration: 61:47

Macbeth Overture, Op. 2
Altböhmisches Weihnachtslied, Op. 5
Dramatic Overture, Op. 6
Altgermanisches Julfest, Op. 7
Finnish Suite, Op. 10

Juha Kotilainen, baritone
Academic Male-Voice Choir of Helsinki, choir
Lyran Academic Female-Voice Choir, choir
Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir, choir
Kari Turunen, chorus-master
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor

The early death of the Finnish composer Ernst Mielck, in October 1899, two days before his 22nd birthday, robbed music of an extraordinarily gifted musician – he was also a fine pianist – and perhaps one of the major voices of the next generation: the rapid evolution in his language in the three years covered by this CD is striking. The two overtures and cantatas make clear that he was already a gifted composer in the post-Schumann Romantic tradition, and the Finnish Suite written in the last year of his life brings a striking simplification of his textures and what seems to have been a nascent nationalism.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1 Macbeth Overture, Op. 2 (1896)

Ernst Mielck, composer
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor

(first recording)
13:32 play
2 Altböhmisches Weihnachtslied (‘Old Bohemian Christmas Song’), Op. 5 (1897)

Ernst Mielck, composer
Academic Male-Voice Choir of Helsinki, choir
Lyran Academic Female-Voice Choir, choir
Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir, choir
Kari Turunen, chorus-master
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor

(first recording)
10:06 play
3 Dramatic Overture, Op. 6 (1898)

Ernst Mielck, composer
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor
12:41 play
4 Altgermanisches Julfest (‘Old Germanic Yule Feast’), Op. 7 (1899)

Ernst Mielck, composer
Juha Kotilainen, baritone
Academic Male-Voice Choir of Helsinki, choir
Kari Turunen, chorus-master
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor

(first recording)
9:30 play
5-9 Finnish Suite, Op. 10 (1899)

Ernst Mielck, composer
Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Mikk Murdvee, conductor

(first recording)
15:58
5 I Lento – Allegro – Lento 3:26 play
6 II Allegretto grazioso 2:00 play
7 III Scherzo 1:59 play
8 IV Andante 4:01 play
9 V Finale: Vivace 4:32 play

Artists

Ernst Mielck

Ernst Mielck, composer

Juha Kotilainen

Juha Kotilainen, baritone

Academic Male-Voice Choir of Helsinki

Academic Male-Voice Choir of Helsinki, choir

Lyran Academic Female-Voice Choir

Lyran Academic Female-Voice Choir, choir

Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir

Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir, choir
[credit: Markku Pihlaja]

Kari Turunen

Kari Turunen, chorus-master
[credit: Markku Pihlaja]

Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra

Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, orchestra

Mikk Murdvee

Mikk Murdvee, conductor
[credit: Mait Jüriado]

Reviews

The Macbeth Overture, op. 2, completed when Mielck was just 19, is a totally assured, compelling work that bears comparison with Schumann’s Manfred Overture or Brahms’s Tragic Overture, both in structural terms and in character... The music exudes dark intensity and Brahmsian weight, capped by a swashbuckling ending that Korngold might have written.

Robert Markow Fanfare November 2013

He was the first Finnish composer to have a program dedicated entirely to his works, in Berlin shortly before he died... This program offers a good cross-section of his work.

...Mielck’s music, especially in orchestral technique, shows audible growth from piece to piece. The performances of all the works are able and spirited, with good recorded sound.

Don O’Connor American Record Guide November 2013

Spirited playing and youthful enthusiasm

[…] Ernst by age ten had displayed significant musical talent, and would begin studying at home with a private teacher. His progress was astounding, and at thirteen (1891) he was off to Berlin where he’d continue his musical education until 1894. Mielck would then return to Finland, but take additional academic sojourns to Germany between 1895 and 1898. During this period he’d study with Max Bruch (1838-1920), who at one point pronounced him his favorite student.

Early in 1899 he moved to Switzerland for health reasons, but the Grim Reaper caught up with him there and he died before the year’s end, leaving only a handful of works. These include a symphony (1897), which preceded Jean Sibelius’ initial effort in the genre by two years, making it the first by a Finnish composer. Judging by it and the five selections on this release, one can’t help feeling Jean might have had some serious competition had Ernst lived to a ripe old age. […]

Bob McQuiston Classical Lost and Found 13th August 2013

Comments

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A fascinating and very welcome disc. I do hope Toccata might be recording Mielck's String Quartet in G minor, Op. 1. To the best of my knowledge the Quartet has never been recorded, and given that Max Bruch praised it I'm sure it is fully deserving of a recording.

Peter Shott email 2 February 2014