Music for My Love, Vol. 1

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897): Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43/1 (arr. Ragnar Söderlind [b.1945]), ROBIN HOLLOWAY (b.1943): Music for Yodit, POUL RUDERS (b.1949): Lullaby for Yodit, MIHKEL KEREM (b.1981): A Farewell for Yodit, ANDREW FORD (b.1957): Sleep, STEVE ELCOCK (b.1957): Song for Yodit, Op. 23, BRETT DEAN (b.1961): Angels’ Wings (Music for Yodit), JON LORD (1941-2012): Zarabanda Solitaria (arr. Paul Mann), JOHN PICKARD (b.1963): ...forbidding mourning..., RAGNAR SÖDERLIND (b.1945): “Å, den svalande vind...” 15 Variations on a Norwegian Folktune, Op. 120, MADDALENA CASULANA (1544-1590): Il vostro dipartir (arr. Colin Matthews [b.1946]).

Catalogue Number: 12S076

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0333

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This is the first volume in what is projected to be an extraordinary - unprecedented - musical memorial. Last year, Martin Anderson, the founder and prime mover of the enterprising Toccata Classics label, that has greatly enhanced our access to the sort of repertoire that all of us have yearned for our entire collecting lives, lost his fiancée, Yodit Tekle, to a particularly cruel struggle with cancer. Martin is probably on first name terms with every significant composer in northern Europe, and he conceived the idea of amassing a series of works in Yodit's memory, a roster that now numbers over 100 works completed or in preparation. Now, good causes don't guarantee good music, but it is a pleasure to report that the eleven composers represented here have all contributed pieces of character and commitment, with several that stand as significant additions to their composers' output, and one work that would be a major addition to the repertoire in any context. That is Söderlind's quarter-hour Variations on a melancholy folk melody which develops a powerful dramatic arc that sums up a great deal about the emotions behind the project as a whole. Imagine a richly orchestrated transcription of Grieg's Ballade to capture something of the effect of this piece. Among the fine, moving elegiac occasional pieces by Ruders, Kerem (new spirituality), Ford, Elcock and Lord (songlike, wistful, very tonal laments) the Holloway and Pickard stand out as works of greater range and variety, and Matthews' transcription is equal to any of his essays in that genre; that of a Brahms song by Söderlind is also deeply moving and emotionally complex. A very substantial beginning to what promises to be a series of great musical merit. Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Mann.

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