Vagn Holmboe: The Complete Symphonies

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete Symphonies

by Owain Arwel Hughes
     
 

This set of symphonies by Vagn Holmboe is the strongest possible argument that Holmboe is not just the greatest Danish symphonist and not only one of the greatest modernist symphonists: it is proof positive that Vagn Holmboe was the greatest modernist symphonist of all. Committed, compelling, and cogent; driven, dedicated, and deep; linear, lucid, and luminous;… See more details below

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This set of symphonies by Vagn Holmboe is the strongest possible argument that Holmboe is not just the greatest Danish symphonist and not only one of the greatest modernist symphonists: it is proof positive that Vagn Holmboe was the greatest modernist symphonist of all. Committed, compelling, and cogent; driven, dedicated, and deep; linear, lucid, and luminous; massive, magnificent, and monumental: Holmboe is easily in the same league as Shostakovich, Sibelius, Nielsen, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, and Martinu. But Holmboe, through not only the strength of his invention and the intensity of his expression but the invention of a technique of composing that redeems music from the Scylla of serialism and the Charybdis of neo-Classicism, has created a body of symphonies able to stand with those of Beethoven or Mahler. Owain Arwel Hughes and the Århus Symphony Orchestra make it so. Hughes is a passionate advocate of the music of Holmboe and his interpretations are tightly argued, brilliantly colored, and ultimately awe-inspiring. The Århus is hardly the Berlin Philharmonic, but the depth of the enthusiasm and the excitement of its playing is far more involving than just another Brahms "First" from the Vienna Philharmonic. BIS' sound is of demonstration quality in the sense that it demonstrates why digital sound can actually rival the best stereo recordings for clarity, warmth, and immediacy. Anyone who loves great twentieth century music would love this set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318598438468
catalogNumber:
843/846
Rank:
110315

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Rustica", Op. 25, M. 126  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  2. Symphony No. 1 for chamber orchestra, Op. 4, M. 85  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  3. Symphony No. 10, Op. 105 (M. 250)  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  4. Symphony No. 2, Op. 15, M. 107  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  5. Sinfonia "In Memoriam", Op. 65, M. 185  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  6. Symphony No. 4 "Sinfonia Sacra", Op. 29, M. 132  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  7. Symphony No. 5, Op. 35 (M. 145)  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  8. Symphony No. 6, Op. 43, M. 155  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  9. Symphony No. 7 in one movement, Op. 50, M. 167  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  10. Symphony No. 8 "Sinfonia Boreale", Op. 56, M. 175  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  11. Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 (M. 235)  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  12. Symphony No. 11, Op. 144, M. 304  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  13. Symphony No. 12, Op. 175, M. 338  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes
  14. Symphony No. 13, Op. 192 (M. 362)  - Vagn Holmboe  -  Århus Symphony Orchestra  - Owain Arwel Hughes

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