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Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945): Works for Violin & Orchestra / Sophie Jaffé, violin; Marcus Bosch, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Album Summary

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Goldpirol, idyllic overture
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Wie Till Eulenspiegel lebte, symphonic interlude in the form of an overture for orchestra
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Konzertstück, for violin & orchestra in E major
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Prelude and Fugue for orchestra in C minor
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Nachtstück, for violin & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek might have the most multifaceted style and is the most difficult composer to classify of the German late romanticism period. The Goldpirol Overture gives off a bright and carefree mood while naturally suggesting the picture of a bird flying through the woods in the Alpine foothills.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014).



Reviews

Post-romantic goodness
In 1928, musicologist Alfred Einstein named the three leading German composers of their generation: Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner, and Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek. While Strauss' compositions entered the basic repertoire, those of Pfitzner and von Reznicek didn't fare as well.

And that's too bad. All three composers wrote in a lush, post-romantic style and yet each one had a distinctive voice. This recording focuses on von Reznicek's compositions from 1903 to 1918 -- approximately the time period of Strauss' most popular tone poems and early operas.

Von Reznicek's music compares favorably to that of his colleague. Strauss' music has a brashness to it as if the young composer wanted to show off his talents. von Reznicek, on the other hand, shows his talent in a different way. The brilliant orchestrations and rich harmonies support a mordant sense of humor. It's dry, witty, and can be easy to miss at times.

His 1900 work Wie Till Eulenspiegel lebte features the same German folk figure as Strauss' tone poem. It's a high-energy work, but the humor is less anarchic. But it's there, making this a delightful overture that works on its own merits.

In 1903, von Reznicek met Gustav Mahler, and you can hear some of that influence in his Goldpirol - Idyllic Overture. While the development of the motifs is similar to Mahler, the orchestration is somewhat lighter, making this a charming work, rather than one that plumbs the depths of humanity.

The high point of the release is von Reznicek's 1918 violin concerto, a work with a somewhat tortured history. Von Reznicek turned to Haydn for inspiration, creating a concerto where the soloist and ensemble are a team, rather than set in opposition to each other. Some critics thought it sounded more like Mendelssohn than Brahms. The 15th-century folk tune rises to the surface in the finale adds an element of fun.

If you find Strauss too overbearing, and Pfitzner too staid, then I recommend giving this recording a listen. I think Von Reznicek's a composer that deserves further exploration.
Submitted on 12/08/16 by RGraves321 
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>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Goldpirol, idyllic overture
  • Performer: Sophie Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marcus Bosch
  • Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Wie Till Eulenspiegel lebte, symphonic interlude in the form of an overture for orchestra
  • Performer: Sophie Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marcus Bosch
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Konzertstück, for violin & orchestra in E major
  • Performer: Sophie Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marcus Bosch
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1918

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Prelude and Fugue for orchestra in C minor
  • Performer: Sophie Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marcus Bosch
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Nachtstück, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Sophie Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marcus Bosch
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Saal 1, Berlin, Germany (02/24/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905