INGVAR LIDHOLM (b.1921): Music for Strings, THOMAS JENNEFELT (b.1954): Stockholm in May, BENGT HAMBRÆUS (1928-2000): Labyrinth: A Concerto Grosso.

Catalogue Number: 01M068

Label: Caprice

Reference: CAP 21572

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Lidholm's 1952 work clearly echoes Bartók, with what almost sound like references to the Concerto for Orchestra in the first movement and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta in the expressive slow central movement; the shifting meter throughout the finale is also reminiscent of Stravinsky. A taut three-movement structure, the piece maintains tension and closely argued musical rhetoric throughout. Jennefelt adopts a similar approach to tonality and melody as the post-1970s music of Sven-David Sandström; both are present in abundance but constantly presented in unusual juxtaposition and context that forms a new, though oddly familiar-sounding vocabulary. The piece is essentially a 22-minute song for the trumpet (including a lengthy, lyrical but technically demanding cadenza in the middle), with sumptuous accompaniment from the strings, a portrait of the many moods of a city, picturesque but with an underlying melancholy and wistfulness. Hambræus' late piece is a study in opposing textures, dense chordal textures and clusters drawing aside to allow scraps of solo melody or gesture to shine through like sunlit glimpses of distant landscapes seen through lowering clouds. Musica Vitae; Peter Csaba. Original 2002 release.

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