Works by von Einem and Skolaude - Austrian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra/Milan Horvat
KHCD-2012-086DL - von Einem: Bruckner Dialogue, Op. 39; Philadelphia Symphony, Op. 28; Skolaude: Symphonic Study (1960); "Malkunowo" (Symphonic Poem - 1941-42) - Austrian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra/Milan Horvat - Gottfried von Einem (1918-1996), a 20th century Austrian composer, was best known for a handful of operas, and was widely praised for the deftness with which he captured the atmosphere and drama of the often dark librettos that attracted him. His early style combined a contemporary rhythmic spikiness with elements of atonality, yet he was never considered an excessively dissonant composer. He made full use of the dynamic breadth and color of the modern orchestra, and sometimes drew on jazz rhythms and improvisatory elements. The two works of his on this CD, from a Classical Excellence LP, are perhaps the best known of his orchestral works. Walter Skolaude (1910-1989), also an Austrian composer, was best known as an organist and for his choral and solo voice compositions. His catalogue of compositions for orchestra, wind ensemble and chamber music is quite extensive, yet little of his music is performed, and almost nothing is written about him or his music. The two pieces representing this obscure composer show a mastery of the orchestral medium. Both the "Symphonic Study" of 1960 and the earlier symphonic poem "Malkunowo" of 1941-42 have an emotional, almost cinematic quality, with occasional glimpses of Sibelius, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky. Both pieces come from a rare factory sealed Classical Excellence LP. The probing performances of all the music on this CD is by the Austrian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra under its Music Director Milan Horvat. Thanks to Russ Oppenheim for suggesting this release, and for lending his copy of the von Einem LP.