Diepenbrock: Orchestral Works and Symphonic Songs

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
So great was the cultural effloresce of the European fin de siècle that even hitherto nearly unmusical countries produced a composer or two of international rank. From Holland, a country without a major composer since the death of Sweelinck three centuries earlier, that composer was Alphons Diepenbrock. Though a full-time private classics teacher in Amsterdam, Diepenbrock still found time to compose over 100 works, many of them unpublished and unperformed. But with the support of Willem Mengelberg and his Concertgebouw Orchestra, Diepenbrock achieved a degree of international exposure before the Great War to rival Poland's Mieczyslaw Karlowicz before fading into gentle ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
So great was the cultural effloresce of the European fin de siècle that even hitherto nearly unmusical countries produced a composer or two of international rank. From Holland, a country without a major composer since the death of Sweelinck three centuries earlier, that composer was Alphons Diepenbrock. Though a full-time private classics teacher in Amsterdam, Diepenbrock still found time to compose over 100 works, many of them unpublished and unperformed. But with the support of Willem Mengelberg and his Concertgebouw Orchestra, Diepenbrock achieved a degree of international exposure before the Great War to rival Poland's Mieczyslaw Karlowicz before fading into gentle obscurity after his death in 1921. This 2007 two-disc set from Brilliant couples two Chandos releases from 1989 and 1990 of Diepenbrock's orchestral works and symphonic songs in highly idiomatic and deeply committed performances by the late Hans Vonk leading the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. Aside from the grandly scored, blazingly tonal, and magnificently optimistic Overture to his opera "De Vogels" that starts the first disc, the rest of the music here is lushly scored, sensually chromatic, and above all profoundly melancholic. Imagine Sibelius' heavier textures and Delius' darker harmonies with a hint of Scriabin's ecstatic tone in the climaxes plus a tone of stubborn stoicism recalling Zemlinsky at his most pessimistic and you'll have some idea of what to expect from Diepenbrock. Though clearly not familiar with the music, the Dutch forces are familiar enough with the late-Romantic idiom and more than willing to give their best to their countrymen. For a more representative sample of Diepenbrock's work, try starting with the evocative "Marsyas Concert Suite" on disc one. If its richly upholstered sensuality appeals, try the opulent "Die Nacht" on disc two with mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie. If its lushly sumptuous sorrow attracts, Diepenbrock deserves a full listen by any fan of the fin de siècle. Brilliant's straight transfers of Chandos' digital originals is clear, colorful, and forceful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • UPC: 842977034127
  • Catalog Number: 93412
  • Sales rank: 298,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 De Vogels, incidental music: Overture - Alphons Diepenbrock & Residentie Orchestra The Hague (10:23)
  2. 2–6 Marsyas, incidental music - Alphons Diepenbrock & Residentie Orchestra The Hague (34:02)
  3. 3 Hymne for violin and orchestra - Alphons Diepenbrock & Residentie Orchestra The Hague (12:45)
  4. 8–11 Elektra, suite from the incidental music for orchestra - Alphons Diepenbrock & Residentie Orchestra The Hague (19:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hymnen (2) an die Nacht for voice & orchestra: No. 2: 'Muß immer der Morgen wiederkommen?' - Alphons Diepenbrock & Linda Finnie (7:58)
  2. 2 Hymnen (2) an die Nacht for voice & orchestra: No. 2: 'Ewig ist die Dauer des Schlafs' - Alphons Diepenbrock & Linda Finnie (3:25)
  3. 3 Hymnen (2) an die Nacht for voice & orchestra: No. 2: 'Sie wissen nicht, daß du es bist' - Alphons Diepenbrock & Linda Finnie (6:08)
  4. 4–6 Die Nacht for alto & orchestra - Alphons Diepenbrock & Linda Finnie (15:30)
  5. 7–9 Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe, for voice & organ (or orchestra) - Alphons Diepenbrock & Christoph Homberger (8:46)
  6. 10–14 Im Grossen Schweigen for baritone & orchestra - Robert Holl & Alphons Diepenbrock (22:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hans Vonk Primary Artist
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