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  Hartmann: Concertos - Lintu
  Emil Hartmann: Concerto for violin and orchestra in G minor Op. 19, Concerto for cello and orchestra in D minor Op. 26, Concerto for piano and orchestra in F minor Op. 49

Per Salo (piano)
Stanimir Todorov (cello)
Christina Åstrand (violin)
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by raffells September 22, 2005 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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This is a clear winner in the triple concerto of the Year SACD award.Each one is worth its admission fee alone.So..Who Is This Em(a)il Hartmann you may well ask.?..Son of the more famous J.P.E. and from a musical pedigree family.You will probably struggle to find any reference to him in Musical books. He has not been outdone by any of his lineage in his writing for concertos,far from it.....The 25 minute Violin cto opens and is reminiscent of Bruch Mendlessohn Schumman and Brahms earlier works in a good sort of way..The second movement is very poetic..and the orchestral scoring and writing is clever varied and very musical..The Cello concerto which follows also is in the same vein and a hint of Harold in Italy can be discerned and even up to the mighty Dvorak at times.This is the shorter of the three little gems and probably the most Romantic of the thre...The Longer Piano concerto is more Schumman (even Claras concerto if you are familiar with it) plus Brahms and even looks forward to Saint Saens concertos...Obviously any works that are not totally original in style are not going to get rave reviews by the aristocracy of critics but to me this is FABULOUS.The playing by the three soloists seems nigh on perfect and the recording balance in really well done..I would guess this is not DSD but as good as you can get wirh PCM...The music dosent place that many demands on dynamics but has a nice tone.The Helsingborg orchestra obiously are at home with a Danish composer and may not have the biggest or best string sound in the world but all in all this is my find of the year..BUY.

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Review by JJ July 27, 2007 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Occulté par la renommée de son père, J.P.E. Hartmann, le compositeur danois Emil Hartmann ne fut que rarement célébré dans son pays natal alors que le reste de l’Europe pouvait découvrir son talent. Pourtant, son œuvre est d’une importance notable et non négligeable, comme nous pouvons le constater avec ce beau programme qui nous ouvre les portes de trois œuvres concertantes. Le concerto pour violon op. 19 dont la première eut lieu en 1877 à Copenhague, avec en soliste le célèbre Anton Svendsen. Le concerto pour violoncelle op. 26 qui fut composé deux ans plus tard en 1879, tandis que celui pour piano op. 49 suivra en 1891. Ces œuvres sont de facture romantique laissant la verve mélodique du compositeur s’épanouir avec délicatesse et virtuosité à la fois. L’aspect nordique n’en est pas absent et offre ainsi au discours musical, un charme indéniable. Il est vrai que ces concertos sont défendus avec verve et enthousiasme par d’excellents solistes, Stanimir Todorov au violoncelle, Per Salo au piano et Christina Astrand au violon, pour laquelle nous décernons une mention spéciale, tant son jeu maîtrisé et chaleureux se fond à merveille dans les coloris chatoyants de l’orchestre d’Helsingborg dirigé avec style et finesse par Hannu Lintu. Certes, il est vrai que parfois, certains passages ne sont pas exempts d’ennuie. Mais le tout forme une somme originale pour un compositeur qui mérite une véritable réhabilitation.

Jean-Jacques Millo

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Works: 3  

Emil Hartmann - Concerto for cello and orchestra in D minor, Op. 26
Emil Hartmann - Concerto for piano and orchestra in F minor, Op. 49
Emil Hartmann - Concerto for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op. 19