Brincken: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1

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Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Catalog: TOCC0550
Format: COMPACT DISC

Held, Rainer; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Brincken, Alexander

Alexander Brincken, born in Leningrad in 1952 and Swiss-based since 1992, writes in an accessible and unashamedly late-Romantic language. His grandiose Fourth Symphony of 2014–15, written for a huge orchestra, has echoes of a number of earlier composers, among them Berlioz, Bruckner, Martinu, Wagner and, especially, Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss, all assimilated into a big-hearted style that blends dignity, lyricism and power, with a strong sense of the Swiss landscapes in which he has made his home. The earlier Capriccio for piano and orchestra – a concerto in all but name – has, in turn, something of the sober strength and wiry energy of Frank Martin – curiously, since it was written seven years before Brincken moved to Switzerland. Rainer Held’s recent Sutermeister recording for Toccata Classics was a revelation, and here’s proof that he has not yet run out of symphonic surprises.

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