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'A 20th-Century Recital'

Magazine article Gramophone

'A 20th-Century Recital'

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'A 20th-Century Recital' Ben-Haim Three Songs Without Words Britten Temporal Variations Dorati Duo concertante Haas Suite, Op 17 Hindemith Oboe Sonata Alexei Ogrintchouk ob Leonid Ogrintchouk pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2023 (65' * DDD/DSD)

All five works here are overshadowed by war. Hindemith's Sonata, although it opens confidently, includes a second movement which has a touchingly lyrical thoughtfulness. It moves into the finale from a scherzando, and the feeling of the music becomes deeper, more thoughtful, before the brief final fugato, which is more ambivalent. The theme to which Britten allots his Temporal Variations is undoubtedly evocative but the 'March' seems a parody of militarism, and the quiet 'Chorale' of the eighth variation is even more introspective. There is then an ironic, goose-stepping 'Polka' before the desolate resolution. The Hungarian composer/ conductor Antal Dorati wrote his Duo concertante for Heinz Holliger and Andras Schiff, and in the first movement it too has its inner thoughts about world conflict rising doubtfully to the surface in a sad soliloquy, although it seems to be swept away by the piquant closing gypsy dance. …

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