JAN BACH (b.1937): Foliations, JUKKA LINKOLA (b.1955): Brass Quintet No. 2, CHRISTIAN LINDBERG (b.1958): Condor Canyon for Trombone and Brass Quintet, EUGÈNE BOZZA (1905-1991): Sonatine, MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Brass Quintet, Op. 73.
Catalogue Number: 01L078
Description: The 'main' work here is Jan Bach's delightful set of variations, which is split into four sections throughout the recital in keeping with the composer's instructions that as long as the opening and closing movements are treated as such, groups of selected variations (which are all separate pieces clearly and wittily based on that most varied of themes, La folia) may be extracted for concert use. Arnold's popular quintet's sparkling outer movements in the spirit of his various sets of British national dances frame a somber chaconne. The work's lively, sometimes jazzily syncopated instant likability has somewhat in common with Linkola's melodically and rhythmically colorful piece, with popular, even sentimental themes rubbing shoulders with Stravinskyan neoclassicality. Bozza's little four-movement sonatina is elegant and expressive, with Gallic lightness of touch underpinned by very Shostakovich-like darker tones. Lindberg is his own soloist in Condor Canyon, a highly effective and atmospheric evocation of vast soaring birds, alternating high energy and majestic grandeur. Tonal (plus or minus a few 'special effects') - like all the works here - this is an impressive centerpiece to a most appealing program. Stockholm Chamber Brass, Christian Lindberg (trombone).