HERMAN D. KOPPEL (1908-1998): Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto, Op. 56, Flute Concerto, Op. 87a.
Catalogue Number: 08J008
Description: You couldn't imagine three more dissimilar concertos coming from the same hand. The latest work is the flute concerto of 1971 which comes off as a spiky, terse, sparsely orchestrated neo-classical piece which is, however, far more easily approachable than his piano trio of the same year (on the following disc). Dating from 1952, the large-scale cello concerto is in the grand style and almost Romantic in its themes and nature, replete with beautiful melodies and gorgeous use of woodwinds in the instrumental accompaniments. After this (or, chronologically, before this) the 1937 second piano concerto with its hard, block-like orchestration, harsh harmonies and ascetic solo part comes as the "work of struggle" Koppel described it. He banned further performances of the work after its 1938 premiere until 1994 when he and his grandson performed it in a two-piano version. This is its first orchestral performance since the premiere. Ulrich Stærk (piano), Michaela Fukacova (cello), Rune Most (flute), Odense Symphony Orchestra; Paul Mann.