HERMAN D. KOPPEL (1908-1998): Requiem for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 78 (Lone Koppel [soprano], Ticho Parly [tenor], Willy Hartmann [baritone], Rolf Jupither [bass-baritone], Danish National Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra; Jan Krenz rec. May 5, 1968), Concertino for Strings No. 1, Op. 32 (Danish Radio SO; Lamberto Gardelli. rec. 1958), Concertino for Strings No. 2, Op. 66 (BBC Symphony Orchestra; Rudolf Schwartz. rec. Feb. 6, 1958), Oboe Concerto, Op. 82 (Jørgen Hammergaard [oboe], Danish Radio SO; Leif Segerstam. rec. Feb 18, 1971), Chamber Concerto for Violin and Strings, Op. 83 (Milan Vitek [violin], Danish Radio SO; John Frandsen. rec. Sept. 9, 1972).
Catalogue Number: 04K092
Reference: DACOCD 571-572
Description: One good way to get around economic problems is to have a fabulous radio archive from which to draw material never commercially recorded. Requiem (1966) is not a requiem but rather a 54-minute oratorio (in German) telling five stories from the Old Testament (Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brethren, Jephthah and his daughter, Job, Moses on Mt. Sinai) in a dissonant, often violent and expressionistic style. The second disc's works range from the early (1938) first Concertino - breezy and neo-classical and the second of 1958 (dodecaphonic but not so you'd easily notice) - to the later two concertos (both from around 1970), the 18-minute oboe work with its Pastoral and Notturno broken up by two Rondos particularly engrossing. 2 CDs.