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Maier: 'Volume 1'

Magazine article Gramophone

Maier: 'Volume 1'

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Maier

'Volume 1' Maier Violin Concerto (a). Piano Quartet (b) Maier/Rontgen Swedish Tunes and Dances (c) Gregory Maytan vn (b) Bernt Lysell va (b) Sara Wijk vc (bc) Ann-Sofi Klingberg pf (a) Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra / Andreas Stohr dB Productions (F) DBCD174 (63' * DDD)

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Reading Erik Nilsson's biographical summary of Amanda Maier's short life (1853-94) and its aftermath--together with his 'open letter' to Maier--can bring a tear to your eye. Maier was the daughter of a cafe owner in Landskrona (halfway between Malmo and Helsingborg) who threw everything at her musical success. She didn't disappoint, studying in Leipzig and winding up in Amsterdam married to Carl Nielsen's chum Julius Rontgen. She died of lung disease shortly after giving birth to their second child; Rontgen was devastated but remarried, only to father another child, naming her Amanda, who subsequendy died in infancy too.

Composers including Grieg spoke highly of Amanda's talents. For Vol 1 of dB Productions' Maier traversal, her 'local' symphony orchestra resurrects the surviving movement of the Violin Concerto (1875), a monolithic 17-minute Allegro risoluto that owes something structurally to Beethoven's concerto and sonically to Brahms's. …

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