EINO TAMBERG (b.1930): Concerto Grosso for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon and Piano with Percussion, Harp and Strings, Op. 5, Symphonic Dances, Op. 6, Suite from the Ballet Joanna Tentata, Op. 37a.
Catalogue Number: 07M009
Description: The young Estonian composer's Concerto Grosso and Symphonic Dances (1956 and 1957) are engaging, good-natured pieces which sometimes remind you of Shostakovich (in a good mood) or Prokofiev in balletic style or, in the last movement of the Dances (which themselves make use of three saxophones), even the folk-natured dance rhythms of Bartók. A later work (1971), the half-hour long ballet suite, based on the same 17th century events which produced Aldous Huxley's "The Devils of Loudun", includes stylizations of early music but also twelve-note themes (although not using the dodecaphonic system) and even aleatory passages. Residentie Orchestra Den Haag; Neeme Järvi.