LEOPOLD VAN DER PALS (1884-1966): Concert Piece in B Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 10, Concertino for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 108, Piano Concerto, Op. 100, Music of the Spheres to the Dramatic Poem “Mönch Wanderer”, Op. 84b.

Catalogue Number: 08W003

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 316-2

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: van der Pals’ early music, including his Concert Piece (1908), was composed in an unmistakably Romantic style, but, in contrast, his concerto and Concertino of 1937-38 from his later years attest to a composer who in the meantime had experienced enormous development. Broad Romantic gestures are no longer found in his music, which had become more concentrated with respect to thematic work, formal development, and performance length in individual compositions. Study of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy led van der Pals to Goethe’s idea of metamorphosis, which he then increasingly endeavored to incorporate into his music as a structural basis. The idea that an entire artistic complex can develop from a single seed became an increasingly important factor in his work process and led to entirely new approaches that continued to stamp his creative production through to his late oeuvre as in his 1956 suite, revised from music composed between 1919 and 1921, on the dramatic poem “Monk Wanderer”. Goran Trajkovic (violin), Tobias van der Pals (cello), Marianna Shirinyan (piano), Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra; Fredrik Burstedt.

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