ALBERT DIETRICH (1829-1908): Symphony in D Minor, Op. 20, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 30, Introduction & Romance for Horn and Orchestra, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 12K002
Reference: 777 314
Description: Dietrich's 1869 symphony was one of the most-performed symphonies of its time and it's not hard to hear why now that we can finally hear it again: the first movement is one of the most compelling and taut symphonic movements of its period, worthy of standing with Brahms and Schumann (and, at 43 minutes, it's one of the longest symphonies written before Brahms). Echoes of the latter appear in the scherzo (and a little motif in the slow movement will recall Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia score) and the finale provides a rousing conclusion. The concerto was equally highly thought of at the time (1874) and its drama and lyricism allied to a seriousness of address again make one wonder how it dropped completely from sight. The program is performed by the orchestra in the town where Dietrich spent 30 years of his career. 2 CDs. Elisabeth Kufferath (violin), Marie Luise Neunecker (horn), Oldenburg State Orchestra; Alexander Rumpf.