HERMANN HANS WETZLER (1870-1943): Visionen, Op. 12, Assisi - Legend for Orchestra, Op. 13.

Catalogue Number: 11L003

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 412

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Born in Germany, Wexler grew up in Cincinnati and went back to Germany to attend the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt where he studied piano under Clara Schumann and composition under Humperdinck. These two suites of programmatic music date from 1923 and 1925. The six parts of Visionen - Introduzione, Sonett von Michelangelo, Scherzo demoniaco (a portrait of Dante's Charon), Intermezzo ironico, Fugato risoluto and Risonanza estrema - partake of a wide variety of contemporary styles; you'll hear Wagner, Richard Strauss, Chausson, maybe a little Dukas... A big, Straussian-sized orchestra proves Wexler's instrumentational ability in this thoroughly enjoyable 33-minute experience. Inspired by the 700th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi's death, Assisi is a 21-minute suite - Einsamkeit, Trauerglocken, Ostermorgen, Vogelpredigt, Schwester Sonne and Bruder Tod - which, in its depiction of the composer's visit to Assisi and climb to the Ereme delle Carcere monastery, has a lot of Strauss' Alpine Symphony in it (and lots of bird-calls too) but in a more intimate orchestration. An intense interior psychological drama which repays repeated listening. An impressive find! Robert Schumann Philharmonic; Frank Beermann.

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