MATTHIAS FROMMELT (b.1975): Nocturne, Turbulenz, Ohne Namen, MARCO SCHÄDLER (b.1964): Nachtschicht, JÜRG HANSELMANN (b.1960[ish]): Dies Irae Variationen for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (Sandra and Jürg Hanselmann [pianos]).
Catalogue Number: 08N097
Description: Anyone interested in attractive examples of neo-Romantic orchestral music written by young composers will want this disc of works written by Swiss who have various connections with Liechtenstein (where these recordings were made). Frommelt's short trio of pieces offer different but equally attractive studies in timbre, melody and rhythm (Turbulenz convincingly mixes minimalism with much more traditional Romantic procedures) and Hanselmann's 22-minute set of variations uses characteristic motivic cells from the medieval "sequence" beyond those familiar from Liszt and Rachmaninov. Schädler's 27-minute "Night Shift" is a bit more freely tonal, a kind of landscape of the mind suggested by the high Swiss mountain valley where he grew up with themes derived from his and family members' birthdates. Still quite approachable, though. Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, Albert Frommelt, William Maxfield, Voralberg Sinfonietta; Benjamin Lack (Nocturne, Ohne Namen).