ARTUR KAPP (1878-1952): Symphony No. 4 “Youth Symphony”, The Last Confession for Piano and Organ (orch. violin & strings Charles Coleman [b.1968]), ARTUR LEMBA (1885-1963): Piano Concerto No. 1 in G, MIHKEL LÜDIG (1880-1958): Overture-Fantasies No. 1 in B Minor and No. 2 in B Minor, Midsummer Night - Symphonic Scene.

Catalogue Number: 02V001

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 20150

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Järvi explores pieces by three of Estonia’s earliest composers. The bulk of the works in the program were composed in the first decade of the twentieth century and are all excellent representations of the birth of Estonian Music, as Estonia transitioned from a territory in the Russian Empire to independent Nation State. As was the norm at the end of the 19th century, these composers studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and Estonian symphonic music certainly has its roots in the Russian Nationalist style. Like so much other European music of this era, ethnic identity is emphasized by the inclusion of native folk tunes and the ‘Nordic’ style of Grieg and others is certainly an influence. Kapp’s Symphony, however, was written after WWII, when Estonia and the other Baltic States were occupied by the Soviet Union. Dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (although probably not by choice) Kapp also subtitled it ‘Classical Symphony’ and its compact form and light textures deliver a more concentrated distillation of the Estonian style. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi.

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