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Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921): Symphonic Poems / Antony Hermus, Bamberger Symphoniker

Album Summary

>Diepenbrock, Alphons : Elektra, suite from the incidental music for orchestra
>Diepenbrock, Alphons : De Vogels, incidental music
>Diepenbrock, Alphons : Marsyas, suite from the incidental music
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Listeners of this new release will be shocked to learn that Diepenbrock was never trained professionally as a musician. He was a philologist and teacher. While this may make him seem like an amateur, he held his own among the best Dutch composers of his day. Diepenbrock was also interested in theater, particularly the great tragedies. This is where his philologist training and his compositional skill merged. He composed five incidental works during the last years of his life, including "Marsyas," "Gijsbrecht van Aemstel," "The Birds," "Faust," and "Elektra." In these stage works he combined music with the theatrical elements of recitation and dance. Critics agree that this music was far beyond its time and that his music far outweighed the appeal of the dramas for which he wrote.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
Though the music is variable, the performances are classy. Antony Hermus can't quite disguise that fact that Marsyas meanders a bit, though the Bamberg Symphony's playing is beautifully textured... Elektra is all lofty nobility and graceful elegance... [the Vogels overture is] done with impudent wit and panache, and the Bamberg woodwind are simply outstanding.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2014-04/17/2014).



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>Diepenbrock, Alphons : Elektra, suite from the incidental music for orchestra
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Ensemble: Bamberger Symphoniker
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2014-04/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Diepenbrock, Alphons : De Vogels, incidental music
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2014-04/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Diepenbrock, Alphons : Marsyas, suite from the incidental music
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2014-04/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910