Emil Hartmann: Concertos

Emil Hartmann: Concertos

by Hannu Lintu
     
 

Probably the most extensive biographical information about Danish composer and conductor Emil Hartmann that is readily available is what is included with this release of his three concertos on the DaCapo label. The fact that he was the son of composer J.P.E. Hartmann and brother-in-law of Niels W. GadeSee more details below

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Probably the most extensive biographical information about Danish composer and conductor Emil Hartmann that is readily available is what is included with this release of his three concertos on the DaCapo label. The fact that he was the son of composer J.P.E. Hartmann and brother-in-law of Niels W. Gade overshadowed him even during his lifetime. Sometimes composers rise above that kind of inevitable comparison with talented relatives and end up with the greater reputation, but in the case of Hartmann, this never really happened, and if these concertos are truly representative of his mature style, it isn't hard to see why Hartmann is as obscure today as he is. There is nothing wrong with these concertos, it is just that they are not innovative or progressive for their time, nor are they emotionally profound. Each has a lot of drama in the outer movements, with a calm, lyrical middle movement. The first movements, in particular, are similarly shaped with dark main themes and happier secondary themes. The "Cello Concerto" has a more melancholy sound than the "Violin" and "Piano Concertos," which are more tensely dark. Hartmann uses long lines of melody and attractive orchestration, but the solo parts are not very virtuosic or flashy. Compared to more contemporary concertos by Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Grieg, and Dvorák, Hartmann's sound like throwbacks to the days of Mendelssohn and Schumann. Even though performances in this recording are very well done, it is hard to find anywhere in the music that may hide a deeper, more subtle meaning. The recording's sound is, naturally, very clear, but seems weighted toward the bass, with the soloists sounding more distant than the orchestra. Having them a little closer and fuller might have made Hartmann's music slightly more striking.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0747313151165
catalogNumber:
6220511
Rank:
355014

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Tracks

  1. Concerto for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op 19  - Emil Hartmann  -  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  - Christina Åstrand  - Hannu Lintu
  2. Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 26  - Emil Hartmann  -  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  - Hannu Lintu  - Stanimir Todorov
  3. Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 49  - Emil Hartmann  -  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  - Per Salo  - Hannu Lintu

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