WALTER BRAUNFELS (1882-1954): Sinfonia brevis, Op. 69, Suite from Der Gläserne Berg, Op. 39b, Symphonische Variationen über ein altfranzösisches Kinderlied, Op. 15.
Catalogue Number: 03Q006
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7316
Description: Brevis in form only, Braunfels' 1949 symphony is a four-movement, 33-minute work which seems to exorcise his years living in the shadows during the Third Reich. Completely tonal but full of anxiety, anger and discord, the shades of Richard Strauss and, especially Mahler and Bruckner constantly flit around this compelling and often electrifying cri de cœur. The couplings are bright and beautiful, coming as they do from 1909 (the Variations) and 1929 (the deliciously orchestrated incidental music for a fairy-tale Christmas play). BBC Concert Orchestra; Johannes Wildner.