Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Woldemar Bargiel - mid-century Romantic masterworks
Toccata Classics begin their traversal of< Bargiel's orchestral music with a major work and three shorter, more characteristic ones.
Bargiel's 1864 Symphony in C major seems a little old-fashioned, reminding me of Mendelssohn's first symphony written 20 years before. Like that work, the influence of Beethoven is easy to hear.
Still, Bargiel's symphony is a well-crafted work, delivering on the drama and heightened emotions that dominated the Romantic aesthetic. And Bargiel carefully develops his motifs, bringing them through to logical and satisfying conclusions.
The remainder of the release features concert overtures, the genre that Bargiel was best known for. In these short works, Bargiel uses dramatic contrasts between instrumental groups to keep things moving. It's easy to understand why they were popular. Bargiel delivers one tuneful episode after, catching up the listener in the excitement of the moment (well, at least this listener).
The Siberian Symphony Orchestra have a clean and balanced sound, and Dmitry Vasilyev should be given credit for directing performances that bring out the best in this music.
I can't wait for volume two!
Woldemar Bargiel: Complete Orchestral Music,Vol. 1
Symphony in C major, Op. 30; Overture to a Tragedy, Op. 18; Overture to Promethues, Op.16; Overture to Mediea, Op. 22
Siberian Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Vasilyev,conductor
Toccata Classics, TOCC 0277