SVEND ERIK TARP (1908-1994): 3 Improvisations, Op. 21, 3 Sonatinas, Op. 48, Theme (Carillon) with variations, Op. 43, Suite, Sonata, Op. 60.
Catalogue Number: 07N082
Description: Here is a sadly neglected Dane of the generation of Holmboe and Herman D. Koppel who turned to France for stylistic inspiration at first, as can be heard in the 1927/29 Suite whose late Romanticism is tinged with Impressionism, but whose mature style was fairly firmly planted in neo-classicism. However, the recital is laid out in such a way that we also can hear the impression made by Bartók (Improvisations of 1934) while Rachmaninov and the neo-classical Prokofiev also helped refine his voice. The Theme with variations (1944) have a similar Impressionistic/archaizing feel as Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin although Domenico Scarlatti may be a closer match than Couperin while the 1945 Sonatinas are a fine synthesis of everything mentioned so far; the sonata, from 1956, has a power and weight which suggest both Niels Viggo Bentzon and the Russians mentioned above. Everything is tonal, communicative, alternately tenderly lyrical and infectiously rhythmic. Tarp wrote 10 symphonies...