JOSEPH MESSNER (1893-1969): Salzburger Suite, Op. 51, Rondo giocoso, Op. 54, Große Mozart-Fanfare, op. 55/4, Salzburger Festpiel-Fanfare, Op. 55/1.

Catalogue Number: 09M006

Label: Oehms Classics

Reference: OC 734

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Kapellmeister of Salzburg Cathedral from 1926 until his death, Messner is best known among his countrymen for the first work on this disc - the 45-second fanfare which, until 1980, preceded all radio brodcasts from the Salzburg Festival. He wrote music in every genre (including three symphonies) and we are fortunate to have three of his orchestral works here. The half-hour-long Salzburger Suite (1941) consists of five movements depicting city landmarks: the 900-year-old fortress Hohensalzburg, the Hellbrunn fountains, St. Peter's churchyard, "Untersberg Dwarves" and Salzburg Cathedral; they are based on, respectively, a 1538 chorale, a 1770 work for "water organ" by Eberlin, a Michael Haydn song, a folk song and Mozart's Ave verum corpus. The overall effect is of an updated Classical serenade (in the middle of a world war, let's not forget). Equally delightful and of somewhat greater orchestral heft, is the 14-minute Rondo giocoso of 1942 (well, it was all fun until the bombers started reaching Austria the following year). The Mozart fanfare is a six-minute brass-and-percussion pieces which is rather Brucknerian in feel. Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; Ivor Bolton.

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