WALTER BRICHT (1904-1970): Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Symphony in A Minor, Op. 33, Symphonic Suite in A Minor, Op. 25, Verwehte Blätter, Op. 18b.
Catalogue Number: 09U008
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0488
Description: The Austrian Bricht was another musician of Jewish ancestry who fled Vienna after the Anschluss, becoming a professor at Indiana University. Bricht was reportedly Franz Schmidt’s favorite student, and the late-Romantic styles of the two men are indeed very closely aligned in their mix of Baroque counterpoint, Classical form and Wagnerian chromatic harmony: Bricht’s Symphony of 1934 might almost be Schmidt’s No. 5. The 1931 Suite, however, has its roots in German Expressionism and is a 15-minute work in three movements that suggests an uneasy psychological state or a vaguely disturbing dream with scurrying figures at the edges of consciousness now and then shot through with darkly glinting half lights. The “Scattered Leaves” (1932) are a series of eight aphoristic “songs without words” orchestrated from an original for piano, all between one and two minutes in length. Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Andrew Constantine.