Friday, July 27, 2012

Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Vorüber für Kunstharmonium

Sigfrid Karg-Elert, more than any of the other composers posted here this week,  devoted himself to the possibilities of the harmonium as it developed into its most massive forms, the "Art Harmoniums".  He clearly  was attracted by the possibilities of volume control and  Balázs Szabó does an amazing job of bringing that out in this performance.  There are clear influences of late romantic German composers as well as Debussy in his music.    He's another of those composers whose music could do with a revival, it was far from trivial.

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