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Gram: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Aeschbacher, South Jutland SO

Album Summary

>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Overture for orchestra in C major, Op. 21
>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Poeme Lyrique, for orchestra, Op. 9
>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Symphony no 1, Op. 12
>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Prologue to a Drama by Shakespeare, for orchestra, Op. 27
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Peder Gram is a composer well worth getting to know. His administrative duties as the guiding spirit behind the establishing of Danish Radio in the first half of the 1900s prevented him from composing a large body of music, but what he did write is clearly of high quality. A contemporary of Nielsen, he shares some of his more famous colleague's neo-classical leanings: the driving rhythms and effective use of woodwind sonority are both in evidence, and the two composers share some harmonic quirks that mark their music as distinctively Danish. Otherwise, Gram goes his own way, both in his love of instrumental color (he has a particular fondness for the celesta) and in his occasional recourse, in Poeme Lyrique and the Prologue to a Drama by Shakespeare, to a richer, more fin-de-siecle sort of Romantic lushness of texture. The outstanding item on this disc is the First Symphony, a three-movement piece that's melodically very attractive, convincingly structured, and beautifully scored (consider the effective contributions of the harp, an instrument that Nielsen likened to finding "a hair in the soup"). The performances are vital and committed, doing the music full justice for the sheer quality of the pieces themselves, and for the usefulness of this disc in rounding out the picture of Danish music in the first decades of the last century, I have no problem in suggesting that you give Gram a listen." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Overture for orchestra in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikhuset Sonderborg (01/09/2006-01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Poème Lyrique, for orchestra, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikhuset Sonderborg (01/09/2006-01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Symphony no 1, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikhuset Sonderborg (01/09/2006-01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Gram, Peder Jorgensen : Prologue to a Drama by Shakespeare, for orchestra, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikhuset Sonderborg (01/09/2006-01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928