Vagn HOLMBOE: Oboe Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante,
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The thirteen chamber concerti of Danish composer Vagn Holmboe are a good deal lighter than his symphonies, with a neoclassical spareness somewhat like Larsson, a colorful palette that's kind of like Martinu, and his usual energetic, restless sense of drama. Hannu Koivula leads the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in his largely happy Chamber Concerto #7 for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, op.37 , the more complex Chamber Concerto #8 for orchestra, "Sinfonia Concertante" op.38 ; and the Chamber Concerto #9 for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra op.39 , which opens with the ferocity of his symphonies but grows more folklike, sounding like a Tveitt hardanger-fiddle piece by the end. See photo for complete list of soloists. You can listen to excerpts from this 1997 da capo CD here .
From the Fanfare review:Like Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, No. 7 (1944-45) for oboe has only two movements; like those in No. 1, these are deliberately unbalanced in length. Unlike in No. I, it works here, partly because the three sections of the first movement are strongly contrasted: two slow outer ones framing a faster inner one. Both movements are typical Holmboe for this period: basically diatonic with spiky rhythmic motion in faster parts and fine counterpoint everywhere. Nielsen and Stravinsky come to mind in this well crafted, lyrical, nondramatic music. The sound ... read more