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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Marcel Tyberg, Symphony No. 2, Piano Sonata No. 2, Falletta, Bidini, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Marcel Tyberg (1893-1944) was a talented but eclectic composer firmly in the Romantic School. He was a holocaust victim.

We do well to remember him. He is well served by a recent disk that features his Symphony No. 2 and his Piano Sonata No. 2 (Naxos 8.572822) in excellent performances by Fabio Bidini at the piano and JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tyberg's Second Symphony is a full-length, ambitious work that manages to transform yet reflect Bruckner, the Beethoven of the Pastoral Symphony, the Schubert of the Great Symphony and more besides. Yet it does so in ways that put the work in Tyberg's own wheelhouse. Long flowing thematic material has much in the way of invention, seems to be constructed along the lines of long blocks of sonata form, and bears a masterful hand both in the overall trajectory and brilliant romantic orchestration. Falletta and the Buffalo outfit sound well-inspired by the music and the dedicated rendering is infectious.

The Second Piano Sonata is most certainly in the grand manner, with influences from Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt showing, yet again all that becoming most certainly Tyberg. Fabio Badini gives us his best, which is impressive indeed.

This volume is very worthwhile if you love later 19th-century stylistics. It's definitely a new twist on it all and the performances are inspired.

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