Richard Stöhr: Orchestral Music, Volume One: Musi
Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Hobson, Ian; Kopacka, Agnieszka; Sinfonia Varsovia
These two works for string orchestra were composed on either side of the flight of the Viennese composer Richard Stöhr (1874–1967) from occupied Austria to the USA, and from prominence and danger to liberty and obscurity, and they reflect the change in his circumstances: the Concerto in the Old Style is expansive, witty, energetic and endlessly good-natured, whereas the Second Suite is introspective, understated and deeply felt. These first recordings allow the discovery of two major additions to the repertoire for strings; the Second Suite is also one of the last grand statements of late Romanticism.