Britten/Hagen/Strauss

Ensemble Allegria

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Ensemble Allegria presents here a combination of works as an invitation to enjoyment as well as reflection. We are offered variations, metamorphoses and fragments, three different artistic working concepts. Variation and metamorphosis are similar artistic tools inasmuch as the material to be used is workable and encourages modification. At the same time, the basic material is recognizable or, in any case, reconstructible. Music cannot be created out of nothing. Whether deliberate or not, we find metamorphosis and variation in all compositions of a certain scope. Of course in the works heard here the motif of transformation is intended. And whereas musical variations — as with Benjamin Britten — typically retain a theme’s form and length more or less unaltered, a metamorphosis — as Richard Strauss calls his work — can by contrast pertain to everything from the shortest motifs to entire movements. A fragment — a form often associated with Romanticism — is on the other hand an idea that has not reached a final form and remains an intimation of something more. Lars Petter Hagen’s Strauss Fragments were commissioned by Ensemble Allegria.

Metamorphosis is a Greek expression simply meaning transformation. We find the motif of transformation in other art forms of course. Especially well known is the Roman Ovid’s sweeping narrative poem Metamorphoses from the beginning of the Christian era, and Franz Kafka’s story “Die Verwandlung”, published in 1915, about Gregor Samsa, who one morning awakens in the body of a huge and hideous insect.

All three composers on this album stand in debt to an older colleague. Britten had a close association with his teacher Frank Bridge and reveals this through his variations. Strauss explicitly cites Ludwig van Beethoven’s third symphony in his Metamorphoses, and Hagen’s composition is based on this latter work. Composing on the basis of music one does not hold in high regard often results in a caricature. This is by no means the case here.

Ensemble Allegria
Ensemble Allegria ranks among Norway’s finest music ensembles and is known for combining its high artistic standard with spontaneity and flexibility. The orchestra consists of 25 permanent musicians and has from the beginning been managed by the musicians themselves under the artistic direction of Maria Angelika Carlsen. In addition to its own concert series “NÅ” in Oslo, Ensemble Allegria has performed at large music festivals in Norway and appeared with some of the world’s leading soloists, including Tine Thing Helseth, Martin Fröst, Truls Mørk, Lawrence Power, Kathryn Stott and Benjamin Schmid. The ensemble has released four recordings on the LAWO Classics label, two of which were nominated for Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy. In recent years the ensemble has worked closely together with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir on a number of concert projects and recordings. In 2018 the orchestra received the prestigious Diapason d’or de l’année award for its recording of Bach’s motets.

This album is available exclusively in DSD 512, 256, 128, 64 and DXD. It is not available on SACD.

Tracklist

1.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Introduction and Theme
01:52
2.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 1. Adagio
02:12
3.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 2. March
01:00
4.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 3. Romance
01:23
5.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 4. Aria Italiana
01:15
6.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 5. Bourrée Classique
01:10
7.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 6. Wiener Walzer
02:36
8.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 7. Moto Perpetuo
01:08
9.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 8. Funeral March
03:51
10.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 9. Chant
01:27
11.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937): Variation 10. Fugue and Finale
06:33
12.
Strauss Fragments (2020): I. Adagio
01:19
13.
Strauss Fragments (2020): II. etwas fliessender
00:52
14.
Strauss Fragments (2020): III. sehr langsam
01:36
15.
Strauss Fragments (2020): IV. etwas bewegter
03:26
16.
Strauss Fragments (2020): V. Transfiguration
02:28
17.
Strauss Fragments (2020): VI. Opening
04:55
18.
Metamorphosen (1945)
24:44

Total time: 01:03:47

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Release Date October 21, 2022

1 review for Britten/Hagen/Strauss

    There is some good and bad in this download. The Britten and the Strauss Metamorphosis are good performances, however, the so-called “Fragments” are a a series of daydreaming chord progressions that say nothing and go nowhere. These were extremely disappointing for me, & are already deleted from my library.

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