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Holbrooke: Symphonic Poems / Griffiths, et al

Album Summary

>Joseph Holbrooke : Amontillado, Op. 23
>Joseph Holbrooke : The Viking, poem for orchestra no 2, Op. 32
>Joseph Holbrooke : Variations on "3 Blind Mice", Op. 37 no 1
>Joseph Holbrooke : Ulalume, poem for orchestra no 4, Op. 35
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the premiere of the symphonic poem 'The Raven after Edgar Allan Poe' in March 1900, critics showered hymns of praise regaling in orchestral colors and on its young composer Josef Holbrooke, who celebrated his breakthrough with it. Performances of further orchestral poems, symphonies, solo concertos, and orchestral songs quickly and frequently followed, earning him a reputation as an innovative and original contemporary composer. After this meteoric rise Holbrooke's star gradually began to decline after World War I - because of the circumstances of the times and the concomitant turning away from the late-romantic idiom. Increasing deafness also isolated him, and when he died in 1958, he was as good as forgotten. His opulent orchestral works of sophisticated sound thus offer an opportunity for discovery, and CPO is now embarking on this journey with the conductor Howard Griffiths.

The Guardian
Holbrooke's music tended to the dark and brooding in a style somewhere between late Dvorák and early Delius; it's good at atmosphere, less good at generating memorable themes.



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Works Details

>Joseph Holbrooke : Amontillado, Op. 23
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Frankfurt/Oder (08/25/2008-08/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Joseph Holbrooke : The Viking, poem for orchestra no 2, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Frankfurt/Oder (08/25/2008-08/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Joseph Holbrooke : Variations on "3 Blind Mice", Op. 37 no 1
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Frankfurt/Oder (08/25/2008-08/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Joseph Holbrooke : Ulalume, poem for orchestra no 4, Op. 35
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Frankfurt/Oder (08/25/2008-08/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903