ADOLF JENSEN (1837-1879): The Road to Emmaus (Sacred Piece for Large Orchestra), Op. 27, Overture, Prelude to Act II and Ballet Music from Act III of the Opera The Heiress of Montfort, Wedding Music, Op. 45, (orch. Reinhold Becker [1842-1924]).
Catalogue Number: 04Q004
Reference: GEN 15347
Description: A composer who until now has appeared only in multiple-composer lieder and solo piano collections turns out to have written some orchestral music too. Who knew? This is apparently all of it: a 20-minute tone-poem from 1862 which treats the trip of two of Jesus' disciples from his tomb to the town of Emmaus, distinctively and vividly orchestrated as it conveys the sorrow of the former, the dramatic suspense as they suspect who the stranger is who has fallen in with them and, finally the redemption and transfiguration when He reveals himself. The only surviving parts of the young composer's only opera (1858-1865) are the 25 minutes of orchestral music recorded here which follow in the tradition of early Wagner, Spohr, Weber, Marschner and Nicolai. A further surprise is the 1885 orchestration of one of Jensen's most popular four-hand piano pieces: a composer we've never heard of provides sumptuous orchestral clothing for the four parts (lasting 20 minutes) of Jensen's richly conceived piano music: "Procession", "The Bride's Song", "Roundelay" and "Nocturne". Philharmonie Baden-Baden; Pavel Baleff.