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August Enna (1859-1939): Violin Concerto; Overture Cleopatra; Symphonic Fantasy / Hermann Baumer

Album Summary

>Enna, August : Cleopatra
>Enna, August : Concerto for Violin in D major
>Enna, August : Symphonic Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Cleopatra (1893) is the overture to his opera, based on Rider Haggard's novel. The Violin Concerto (1897) is a superb offbeat example of the genre. The Symphonic Fantasy is a three-movement work written in 1931. The music has an epic Wagnerian scope. All three works elevate Enna's stature. Performances and interpretations are sympathetic, and CPO's sound is excellent, as usual.

After Heksen (The Witch), August Enna's greatest and most successful opera, his next magnificent stage work followed already in 1893 with the opera Kleopatra (Cleopatra) to a text supplied by the Danish author Einar Christiansen. The work is based on Henry Rider Haggard's novel of the same name, which had been published a few years prior to this date. The overture introducing the opera is a highly effective piece in which the languishing main theme is presented in unison in the strings and then goes over into tender woodwind tones. Enna's other works have not been as widely disseminated as his operas. His Violin Concerto from 1897 was one of his more successful instrumental works; here he stands with one foot in Nordic music and with the other in the Italian opera. Influences from his mentors Johan Svendsen and P. E. Lange-Müller are in evidence in the first and last movements. It is in the second movement, however, that we encounter the work's greatest surprise: it is introduced by beginning of the famous aria "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci! Enna develops the theme into a highly expressive cantilena, and after an intermediary segment in major it makes its return toward the end of the movement. In his Symphonic Fantasy from 1930-31, a work that has gone as good as unnoticed, what above all stands out is Enna's talent for instrumentation, a talent virtually unrivaled in the Danish music of his times.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus NDR Hannover (02/14/2011-02/18/2011).



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Works Details

>Enna, August : Cleopatra :: Overture
  • Performer: Kathrin Rabus (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
  • Ensemble: NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus NDR Hannover (02/14/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Enna, August : Concerto for Violin in D major
  • Performer: Kathrin Rabus (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus NDR Hannover (02/14/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1897

>Enna, August : Symphonic Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Kathrin Rabus (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus NDR Hannover (02/14/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic