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Krenek: Symphonic Elegy / Ernst Kovacic

> Symphonic Elegy, Op. 105 - Symphonic Elegy, Op. 105
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 1. Ruhig, doch fliessend bewegt
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 2. Kraftig, marschartig
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 3. Ruhig, zart
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 4. Ziemlich schnell
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 5. Sehr ruhig, zart
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 6. Leicht bewegt, zierlich
> 7 Easy Pieces, Op. 146 - No. 7. Kraftig, entschieden
> Adagio and Fugue, Op. 78a - Adagio
> Adagio and Fugue, Op. 78a - Fuge
> 5 Short Pieces, Op. 116 - I. Andante
> 5 Short Pieces, Op. 116 - II. Allegretto moderato
> 5 Short Pieces, Op. 116 - III. Andante, molto espressivo
> 5 Short Pieces, Op. 116 - IV. Moderato
> 5 Short Pieces, Op. 116 - V. Molto vivace
> Symphonic Piece, Op. 86 - Symphonic Piece, Op. 86
> Brazilian Sinfonietta, Op. 131 - Brazilian Sinfonietta, Op. 131

Album Summary

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Symphonic Elegy, orchestra ("In Memoriam Anton Webern"), Op. 105
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Easy pieces (7), for orchestra, Op. 146
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Adagio & Fugue, for string orchestra
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Short pieces (5), for sting orchestra, Op. 116
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Symphonic piece, for orchestra, Op. 86
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sinfonietta a Brasileira, for orchestra, Op. 131
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

”This Disc is a marvelous edition to his recorded legacy and should bring him many new admirers.”-Fanfare



Reviews

A 20th Century Composer Deserving Wider Attention
The Symphonic Elegy Ernst Krenek wrote “in memoriam Anton Webern” is the centerpiece of this recording which features Krenek’s complete music for string orchestra. Krenek considered Webern one of the most important composers in music and praised his “crystal clear perfection.” Written almost immediately after Krenek learned of Webern’s death, the work has its share of Webern-like elements but is also laced with a pained passion that reminds me of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. The string writing is lean and clear and the Leopoldinum Orchestra under the direction of Ernst Kovacic delivers a convincing performance. It’s surprising the work is not performed more often. The balance of the recording features works that are less substantial. The Adagio and Fugue is a string orchestra reworking of the final two movements of Krenek’s String Quartet No. 6. The ghost of Webern hovers over the excellent Adagio, but the Fugue is aimless and dull. The Five short pieces for strings, Op. 116 are top-notch with each neatly conceived movement making an emotional statement that is, in sum, more elegiac in tone than the Symphonic Elegy. The Berg-like Symphonic Pieces, Op. 86 is a real find and it surprises me that it hasn’t found a regular place in the string orchestra repertoire. The quirky Seven Easy Pieces, Op. 146 are challenging but never dull, while the driving rhythms of the Sinfonietta a Brasileira, Op. 131 fail to sustain interest. Krenek’s stark and spare string writing is perfectly served by the Leopoldinum Orchestra and this recording sheds some light on a composer who seems to have fallen out of favor of late, but deserves a closer look. By all means though, stay away from the incoherent and hideously edited liner notes which degrade this otherwise fine recording.
Submitted on 11/06/09 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Symphonic Elegy, orchestra ("In Memoriam Anton Webern"), Op. 105
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Easy pieces (7), for orchestra, Op. 146
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Adagio & Fugue, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Short pieces (5), for sting orchestra, Op. 116
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Symphonic piece, for orchestra, Op. 86
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sinfonietta a Brasileira, for orchestra, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Ernst Kovacic
  • Ensemble: Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw, Poland (11/19/2007-02/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern