Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)

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Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)



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30th Aug 2011




72 minutes


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Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)

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Primavera for flute, violin, cello and piano, Op. 55

Trio 'Gioco' for violin, viola and cello, Op. 155

Sonata per flauto-solo, Op. 71

Ballata for violin, viola, cello and piano, Op. 159

Quartetto for flute, violin, viola and cello, Op. 90

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This recording marks the beginning of a new series devoted to previously unrecorded chamber works by the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe. The music was written from the 1950s to the 1980s and ranges wide, all the way from the playful to the serious. Holmboe’s inexhaustible wealth of ideas and his mixture of lightness and ingenuity run through all the works. As does his ‘metamorphosis’ technique, which makes the music breathe and grow like the Nordic landscape of which Holmboe felt himself to be a part.

Vagn Holmboe: Primavera, Op. 55

I. Allegretto leggiero e amabile

II. Andante tranquillo

III. Adagio - Vivace

Vagn Holmboe: Gioco, Op. 155

I. Allegro con brio

II. Andante con moto

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro con vivezza

Vagn Holmboe: Flute Sonata, Op. 71

I. Preludio: Andante rubato

II. Fuga: Allegro molto

III. Andante interrotto: Andante

IV. Rondo: Allegro giocoso

Vagn Holmboe: Ballata, Op. 159

I. Con moto

II. Allegretto – Quieto – Vivace

Vagn Holmboe: Quartet, Op. 90

I. Allegretto

II. Adagio ma non troppo

III. Allegro

Gramophone Magazine

January 2012

“As with all Holmboe's music, there are rewards in store for anyone who delights in following lines of pure musical thought. Nothing is gratuitous or extraneous; nor can the musical character ever be completely taken for granted...musical conversation is Holmboe's strong point, as it is for the excellent players on this cleanly recorded disc.”

MusicWeb International

20th May 2013

“Despite this music’s strong visceral undertow, it appeals at least as much to the intellect: it is highly crafted and, at first exposure, emotionally cool – yet also driven by the kind of passion often associated with Shostakovich.”

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