Thomas Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph" & Die Nacht der Verlorenen Andrè Schuen, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu Lintu
Composer: Thomas Larcher (1963)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Thomas Larcher (b. 1963): Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph":
- 1Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph": I. Allegro (Live)11:09
- 2Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph": II. Adagio (Live)09:29
- 3Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph": III. Scherzo. Molto allegro (Live)06:48
- 4Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph": IV. Introduzione. Molto allegro (Live)09:16
- Die Nacht der Verlorenen:
- 5Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen: No. 1, Alles verloren06:43
- 6Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen: No. 2, Für Ingmar Bergman, der von der Wand weiß04:25
- 7Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen: No. 3, Im Lot (Memorial)09:11
- 8Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen: No. 4, Die Nacht der Verlorenen/Das Ende der Liebe04:17
- 9Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen: No. 5, So stürben wir um ungetrennt zu sein03:56
Info for Thomas Larcher: Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph" & Die Nacht der Verlorenen
Austrian composer Thomas Larcher (b. 1963) is one of the great symphonists of our era. This album by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu includes the first recording of his 2nd Symphony, ‘Kenotaph’, and the song cycle ‘Die Nacht der Verlorenen’ performed by the world-known baritone Andrè Schuen.
Larcher’s symphony was written in 2015–2016 to a commission from the National Bank of Austria for its bicentenary. The premiere was given by the Vienna Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov at the Musikverein in Vienna in June 2016. Larcher’s work, originally intended as a concerto for orchestra, engages with tradition as a fertile background, while still embodying the sound and consciousness of our time. The subtitle to Larcher’s work was motivated by the painful awareness of the thousands of refugees who have drowned in the Mediterranean. The work can also be understood as a more general meditation on human tragedy and an exploration of profound existential issues. Larcher ties the material of the work together with a strong sense of dramaturgy, intense emotional expression and a feeling for musical narrative.
The song cycle ‘Die Nacht der Verlorenen’ for baritone and large ensemble sets fragments by Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) that were posthumously published. Bachmann’s dark texts inspired Larcher to write intense and compelling music that is entirely in tune with the mood of the poems. Overall, the work is dominated by slow, meditative and often dreamlike and unreal moods, effectively underpinned by delicate and carefully designed scoring that conjures up a multitude of colours and shades.
Andrè Schuen, baritone
The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
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