WALDEMAR VON BAUSZNERN (1866-1931): Chamber Music, Vol. 1 - Octet in D Minor for Piano, 3 Violins, Flute, Clarinet, Cello and Double Bass, Serenade in E Flat for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Elegie in C Minor for Violin and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 02P064
Reference: 948 1826-6
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Choral conductor, teacher, editor of the complete works of Peter Cornelius, von Bausznern also wrote 8 symphonies (!) and much chamber music; at least we'll be hearing more of the latter as this is volume 1. One of his characteristics is unusual instrumentation, on view here in both the octet (1914) and Serenade (1898); another is refusal to belong stylistically to either the Brahms axis or the New German wing of composition. Thus, the quite unusual five-movement, 47-minute octet (Procession through the puszta, Czardas, Viennese Ländler, Hungarian Funeral Music and Theme with Variations), a love letter to his boyhood home in Transylvania near the Hungarian border which without being "Brahmsian" per se, breathes the sweet, relaxing air of that composer's Serenades. And there is plenty of graceful, heart-easing music in the other two pieces as well. Berolina Ensemble.