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BERGER AND DEL AGUILA Works for Orchestra TROY066 - Price: $16.99
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For those with adventurous tastes.

Theodor Berger was born in the village of Traismauer-on-the-Danube on May 18, 1905. He was a pupil of Franz Schmidt at the Academy of Music in Vienna. His compositions include a number of works for large orchestra, chorus, string quartet and music for radio, television and film. His style and technique vary according to the nature of the individual work at hand. The titles of his compositions are almost always organic, conveying the nature of each work with clarity. One of his works, Malinconia, written in 1933, brought admiration from Richard Strauss. The list of conductors who promoted Berger's music includes Furtwängler, Kleiber, Krips, Ormandy and Steinberg. However, this recording is the only one of his music that is available today. This compact disc presents the first recordings of the orchestral compositions of Miguel Del Aguila. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1957, Del Aguila moved to the United States in 1978 and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and in Vienna where he has lived since 1982. The rhythmic propulsiveness in much of Del Aguila's music derives from Latin American sources. Another influence is American blues. Beyond these influences, there is a very personal sense of drama in his music, which is partly the result of "programs" or stories of the composer's own devising - which is the case for the works on this recording.
Contents:
Theodor Berger, composer
Concerto Manuale
American Music Ensemble Vienna, Hobart Earle, conductor


Theodor Berger, composer
Rondino Giocoso
American Music Ensemble Vienna, Hobart Earle, conductor


Miguel Del Aguila, composer
Clarinet Concerto
American Music Ensemble Vienna, Hobart Earle, conductor, Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet


Miguel Del Aguila, composer
Herbsttag
American Music Ensemble Vienna, Hobart Earle, conductor


Miguel Del Aguila, composer
Hexen
American Music Ensemble Vienna, Hobart Earle, conductor, Judith Farmer, bassoon

Review:
"...This is certainly an offbeat disc. The music is unusual, the performances are excellent, and the ensemble's hyphenated name is weird: it is a single group, not two. A number of hearings have turned my first blah reaction into strong interest and appreciation. The recording is superb. Try it." (Fanfare)
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