Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies

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Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2012



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30th July 2012




68 minutes


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Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies


Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 53

Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 100 'Elegy'

Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 103a 'Frise' (Frieze)

Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds



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These are World premiere recordings of Vagn Holmboe's 3 masterly chamber symphonies, performed by an expert Finnish team. The Finnish conductor John Storgårds really stands out. In 2008 John Storgårds was appointed chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, one of Scandinavia’s best and most tradition-rich orchestras. He is also artistic director of the magical Lapland Chamber Orchestra and since 2012 Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic.

Vagn Holmboe’s three chamber symphonies span the period when the Danish composer immersed himself in symphonic works; they are a fine demonstration of his preoccupation with the processes of nature and the idea of musical metamorphoses.

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 53

I. Andante assai

II. Animato

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro assai

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 100, "Elegy"

I. Andante fluente

II. Presto

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro con brio

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 103a, "Frise" (Frieze)

I. Tempo giusto - Sereno con variazioni

II. Allegro vivace

III. Lento e tranquillo

IV. Grave con metamorfosi

V. Intermezzo: Chiaro

VI. Allegro con forza

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2012

“The grandeur Holmboe elicits from his small ensemble and basic thematic material is a lesson in compositional craft, the creation of a whole (considerably) greater than the sum of its parts...Excellent performances, superb sound: you will not hear a finer disc this year.”

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