SALOMON JADASSOHN (1831-1902): Serenades for Orchestra No. 1 “In 4 Canons”, Op. 42 and No. 2 in D, Op. 46, IGNAZ BRÜLL (1846-1907): Serenade for Orchestra No. 2 in E, Op. 36.
Catalogue Number: 05N004
Label: Cameo Classics
Description: Brooding over the coming election and the possible subsequent apocalypse? Take two Serenades and you’ll feel better for hours (hell, go ahead, take all three). Brüll uses a large, symphony-sized orchestra for his lovely, tuneful three-movement work (no date given) with a particularly Brahmsian pastoral woodwind theme in the first movement, Jadassohn slightly smaller forces. His five-movement first Serenade may sound academic with its subtitle but, given the wealth of melody and the Mendelssohnian lightness of orchestration, you’ll never notice its structure. The second, in three movements, is a bigger-boned piece, the longest piece here at 25 minutes. Its unusual first movement, Intrada e notturno, is followed by a scherzo of a Mendelssohnian/Brucknerian cast and a finale with a forthright, vigorous theme and a more flowing secondary one. Both of these were composed prior to 1876. Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Marius Stravinsky.