Julius Burger: Orchestral Music


Catalogue No: TOCC0001
EAN/UPC: 5060113440013
Release Date: 26.06.2007
Composer: Julius Burger
Artists: Maya Beiser, Michael Kraus, Radio Symphonie Orchester, Simone Young

Julius Burger, born in Vienna in 1897, studied with Franz Schreker in Berlin in the 1920s, establishing a successful career as conductor and accompanist before the advent of Hitler sent him into US exile in 1938; he died in New York in 1995. His music – in which one can hear something of Schreker and Korngold, his exact contemporary, as well as echoes of Mahler and Zemlinsky – shows a mastery of the late-Romantic orchestra. The two songs on this CD display an exquisite sense of melody, and his Cello Concerto – the slow movement of which was dedicated to his mother, who was murdered on her way to Auschwitz – shares with Bloch’s Schelomo a concern with Jewish melisma.

Michael Kraus, baritone
Maya Beiser, cello
Radio Symphonie Orchester, Berlin, orchestra
Simone Young, conductor

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Stille der Nacht, for baritone and orchestra
  2. Scherzo for Strings
  3. Cello Concerto

  4. I. Allegro
  5. II. Adagio
  6. III. Allegro vivace
  7. Variations on a Theme of Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach

  8. Theme, Andante grazioso
  9. Variation I, Energico
  10. Variation II, Allegro moderato
  11. Variation III, Lento
  12. Variation IV, Presto alla breve
  13. Variation V, Giusto tempo
  14. Variation VI, Vivace
  15. Variation VII, Andante sostenuto
  16. Variation VIII, Allegretto, grazioso
  17. Variation IX, Allegro
  18. Variation X, Adagio
  19. Variation XI, Scherzo (Presto)
  20. Coda, Solenne
  21. Legende, for baritone and orchestra

2 reviews for Julius Burger: Orchestral Music

  1. :

    “The booklet is informative, though timings for the Cello Concerto are oddly quite wrong. This is a composer who is well remembered by these fine recordings.” —Patric Standford, Music & Vision

  2. :

    “It is then a real coup for Toccata Classics to be issuing this notable music. The comprehensive annotation, photographs, first-class sound (capturing ideally Burger’s luminous scoring) and the wholly excellent performances further ensure that this issue gets a ‘record of the year’ status. No question!” —Bob McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found

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