Wilhelm Georg Berger: Viola Concerto; Symphony No. 4 / Nils Monkemeyer, viola

> Viola Concerto No. 1, Op. 12 - I. Allegro moderato
> Viola Concerto No. 1, Op. 12 - II. Larghetto
> Viola Concerto No. 1, Op. 12 - III. Finale: Tema con variazioni
> Symphony No. 4, Op. 30 - I. Allegro, meditativo e serioso
> Symphony No. 4, Op. 30 - II. Largo, fervido e serioso, a calmo ma fluente

Album Summary

>Berger, Wilhelm Georg : Concerto for Viola no 1, Op. 12/1
>Berger, Wilhelm Georg : Symphony no 4, Op. 30
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Berger composed his Viola Concerto in 1959: a lyrical work entirely removed from the trends of the time, standing singularly and uniquely in the viola literature. The Echo Klassik prizewinner Nils Moenkemeyer enthusiastically lends his support to this first recording of a forgotten gem.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-93) is a new name to me. A Transylvanian of German ancestry, he was a notably prolific composer who wrote two dozen symphonies and many concertos, quartets, and sonatas. More important, it's a marvelous work: quietly beautiful, mostly contemplative and autumnal in mood, scored with Brahmsian warmth and richness, crafted with delicate subtlety and improvisatory freedom yet satisfying in structural logic, exquisitely written for the soloist (who plays it gorgeously), and deeply touching. Listening to it I kept asking myself: where has this guy been hiding? Why haven't I heard this music before? If you respond to the gentler and deeper emotions, you're likely to revel in this wonderful creation as I did. Berger's Fourth Symphony (1964) is in two movements, each about 20 minutes long. The Berlin Radio Symphony under Horia Andreescu and soloist Nils Monkemeyer play Berger's music with complete assurance and heartfelt fervor. They are thrilling to hear, especially in CPO's (typically) superb sonics.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkhaus Masurenallee, Berlin, Germany (2009-11-30_2009-12-02&2010-).



Reviews

Viola Concerto is Most Beautiful
After hearing this viola concerto, I just sat in my seat for about ten minutes. I could not move! This was the first piece of music that has affected me that way in years. I have not heard anything so beautiful in a long time. If this is a sample of his other compositions, I hope CPO records more - I'll buy!
Submitted on 08/14/13 by HB 
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Works Details

>Berger, Wilhelm Georg : Concerto for Viola no 1, Op. 12/1
  • Performer: Nils Mönkemeyer (Viola)
  • Conductor: Horia Andreescu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Funkhaus Masurenallee, Berlin, Germany (2009-11-30_2009-12-02&2010-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959

>Berger, Wilhelm Georg : Symphony no 4, Op. 30
  • Performer: Nils Mönkemeyer (Viola)
  • Conductor: Horia Andreescu
  • Notes: Funkhaus Masurenallee, Berlin, Germany (2009-11-30_2009-12-02&2010-)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1964