Jacob Gade: Jealousy - Suites, Tangos & Waltzes

Jacob Gade: Jealousy - Suites, Tangos & Waltzes

by Matthias Aeschbacher
     
 

Silent movie composer Jacob Gade has the blessing -- and the misfortune -- of composing what has to be the most popular piece of Danish music ever composed, the tango "Jalousie." Written in 1925 to accompany the Douglas Fairbanks picture Don Q, the piece swiftly became an international favorite and was helped in the United States by an excellent 1935 recordingSee more details below

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Silent movie composer Jacob Gade has the blessing -- and the misfortune -- of composing what has to be the most popular piece of Danish music ever composed, the tango "Jalousie." Written in 1925 to accompany the Douglas Fairbanks picture Don Q, the piece swiftly became an international favorite and was helped in the United States by an excellent 1935 recording by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. However, Gade himself remained little known outside of Denmark, and in some places his credit was confused with Niels Gade, a composer of an earlier era not related to him. Danish label DaCapo has helped rectify this situation through recording "Jalousie" and several of Gade's other creations on Jacob Gade: Jealousy -- Suites, Tangos and Waltzes, featuring Matthias Aeschbacher and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. One might assume that such a collection could only consist of such empty fripperies that only a listener with a permanent sweet tooth embedded in their musical taste buds could be capable of enjoying it. However, this is one of the most purposeful and entertaining recordings DaCapo has ever done; Gade's music is inspired, gracious, memorable, and beautifully scored. Anyone who loves late Viennese operetta or even American musicals of the early twentieth century should have no problem getting this album, which contains a short ballet, two orchestral suites, the "Rhapsodietta" (1931) (which is written in the manner of a potpourri and has a great trombone part), and three waltzes. Aeschbacher handles the music with great care and seems to be aware of Gade's cinematic leanings, as sweeps of large crescendos within these scores come off with a sort of widescreen grandeur. This SACD version does not contain any additional music over the original 1998 release, but puts forward this important recording of light music in better sound than ever before.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Dacapo
UPC:
0747313150960
catalogNumber:
6220509
Rank:
275354

Tracks

  1. Jalousie, tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  2. Leda and the Swan, Legende d'amour, for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  3. Suite d'amour for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  4. Rhapsodietta for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  5. Romanesca, Tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  6. Wedding at Himmelpind, Rustic Suite, for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  7. Valse Capriccio  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra  - Ole Højer
  8. Copenhagen Life, Waltz for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra
  9. Douces Secrets, Valse lente, for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Matthias Aeschbacher  -  Odense Symphony Orchestra

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