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Dennis Russell Davies items a masterful interpretation of Bruckner’s 6th Symphony in Brno – Observed and Heard Global


Czech RepublicCzech Republic Skrowaczewski, Bruckner: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies (conductor). Janáček Theatre, Brno, 24.11.2023. (GT)

Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

Stanisław SkrowaczewskiPassacaglia immaginaria
Bruckner – Symphony No.6 in A big, WAB 106

The musical creativity of the Polish conductor and composer Skrowaczewski (1923-2017) is little identified in spite of his lengthy affiliation with ensembles each in america and Europe. Passacaglia immaginaria used to be impressed via the Baroque passacaglia shape and commissioned via the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995, which gave the premiere beneath the conductor’s baton, and used to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Denis Russell Davies used to be a longstanding good friend of the composer, and this efficiency marks the beginning centenary of Skrowaczewski in October 2023.

In step with his writer Schott: ‘No two Skrowaczewski scorings are precisely the similar. He creates a singular tonal canvas for each and every piece, continuing from a palette devised for the substance of the piece, at all times plumbing the private swimming pools of sound and exploiting unique percussion. The result’s extremely colored, evocative tune rendered in a loose harmonic language that heightens the emotional content material of each and every paintings.’

‘Skilful, imaginative, and stuffed with hobby, the works of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski problem a musician’s method whilst increasing the listeners’ consciousness of the facility of tune to explain the indescribable. For the composer, all artwork is a discussion with the unknown. “This discussion,” says the composer, “encompasses the entire basic human considerations such because the that means of lifestyles and demise, love and cruelty, and sacrifice and redemption within the consistent hope to understand that which can’t be identified. Artwork flourishes on metaphysical concepts … and is an impressive antidote for the non secular ills of our chaotic, violent and occasions.”’

I had by no means heard this Polish/American composer’s tune, so this night time supplied access into his soundworld. The Passacaglia immaginaria opened at the percussion, strings and celeste, which created a unusually distinctive surroundings and embraced a variety of feelings, but little significant influence. There have been hints of Shostakovich’s symphonies, particularly within the ultimate transferring bars with the mass strings slowly bringing to a memorable conclusion, heard in opposition to the celeste in any case making a transferring influence – however there used to be little originality within the thirty-minute paintings.

After all, Skrowaczewski’s maximum celebrated recordings have been his whole Bruckner cycle as a conductor. I confess that I’ve now not heard any of his recordings, but his paintings used to be neatly won, and he gained a prize for his Bruckner 9th recording. The Bruckner 6th used to be a welcome inclusion within the programme specifically as Dennis Russell Davies is a famend interpreter of the composer; all the way through his tenure on the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, he carried out and recorded the entire Bruckner symphonies. Since he assumed the manager conductorship of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, he has carried out performances of the First, Fourth and 5th symphonies – expecting the composer’s beginning centenary in 2024.

In his lifetime, Bruckner most effective heard the center two actions of the 6th when it used to be carried out via the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Mahler gave the premiere, albeit with cuts, in 1899 in Vienna. It used to be most effective in 1935 that the unique model used to be carried out beneath the baton of Paul van Kempen. The 6th has at all times been idea much less widespread, for as Austrian musicologist Max Auer advised, it misses the ‘heroic fireplace of maximum of its sisters.’

The hole motion (Maestoso) used to be impressively intense as there emerged the sensation as though one used to be watching the solar emerging on a misty morning within the mountains, and because the decrease strings entered there used to be generated a passage of implementing grandeur. There used to be superb virtuosity from the strings led via Pavel Wallinger, and particularly from the wonderful brass, and the strings performed with abandon from one segment to some other. Nonetheless, the inevitable Brucknerian rhythm emerged amid superb enjoying from the horns, particularly from Karel Hofmann. Bruckner’s theme of craving used to be demonstrated superbly via the strings, with the full of life horns and the trumpets proclaiming the fanfare.

The Adagio proved the emotional core of this efficiency, and it used to be accomplished via Davies with nice energy and depth – the intonation of the oboe solo via Anikó Kovarikné Hegedűs in expecting the horn theme used to be of celestial attractiveness. The mastery of Davies’s accomplishing used to be palpable in commanding the strings ahead of the C minor melody at the violins ushered in a funereal march-like passage. The orchestra used to be in most sensible shape right here, particularly within the dreamlike moments within the Scherzo, and enhanced via the mysterious and captivating trio. It used to be noticeable how Davies masterfully managed the silences between sections, permitting the energy of the tips and topics to be realised with nice precision – this used to be maximum perceptible within the Finale performed with terrific virtuosity and self belief. The brass chorale with the 3 intertwined topics created song-like elan ahead of the speculation from the outlet motion returned forcefully.

This used to be a powerful efficiency of a symphony that’s not at all times preferred, but right here in Dennis Russell Davies’s accomplishing it used to be printed as a number of the composer’s masterworks. Undoubtedly, this live performance displays how this tremendous orchestra embraces a repertoire of not noted twentieth-century works and the gem stones of the 19th century and presentations nice virtuosity in the entire orchestral sections led via an impressive conductor.

Gregor Tassie

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