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Post subject: Atterberg - Horn Concerto in A major, Op 28
Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:53 am
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Horn Concerto in A major, Op. 28
I. Allegro patetico II. Adagio III. Allegro molto
Kurt Magnus Atterberg (12 December 1887 – 15 February 1974) was a Swedish composer and engineer. He is best known for his symphonies, operas, and ballets. The most well known of his compositions is his Symphony No. 6 in C major, Op. 31 'Dollar Symphony' which won the $10,000 prize in the 1928 Columbia Records competition for the best work to mark the centenary of Schuberts death.
The Horn Concerto, Op 28 was composed in 1926 for French Horn player Axel Malm, at that time a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Originally intended to be called a 'Suite Concertante', the work, scored for solo horn, strings, piano and percussion, was premiered on the 27th of March, 1927.
A Romantic, lyrical and somewhat Wagnerian work, the concerto dropped out of favor, but has been recorded by CPO and in 2004 was premiered in the United States by the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin with Martin Hacklemann as the soloist.
What I am presenting below is a live performance recording of the work by the Norwegian Academy of Music Orchestra under Lior Chambadal with Maxim Semenov as soloist.
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Post subject: Re: Atterberg - Horn Concerto in A major, Op 28
Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:50 pm
JOVE THE MIGHTY THUNDERER
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:24 am Posts: 21205 Location: London, England
Not bad, pretty good performance as far I can judge having never heard the music before, a definite workout for the soloist. The music has a definite Scandinavian feel to it too, grand and romantic, though perhaps a little short at 20 mins, but maybe not. I warm more to the thought of a French horn concerto than I do for a trumpet concerto for example, which would be difficult to avoid monotony (to my ears) setting in. I disdain the piano's inclusion in the orchestra, though its use is sensitive here.
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