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Anatol Vieru Vol. 3 + Vol. 4

Anatol Vieru

Vol. 3 - CD 1

Symphony no. 2 (1973)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Andrzej Markowski
World premiere performance 1974

Simfonia concertanta for Cello and Orchestra (1987)
for Ivan Monighetti and Horia Andreescu

Orchestra Filarmonicii "George Enescu" din Bucureşti
Soloist: Ivan Monighetti, Violoncello
Conductor: Horia Andreescu

Clepsidra II (1971)

Orchestra Filarmonicii "George Enescu" si Corul de camera Madrigal
Soloists: Gheoghe Zamfir panflutes, Toni Iordache dulcimer
Conductor: Ludovic Bács


Vol. 4 - CD 2

Sinfonietta
(1975)
World premiere performance 1975

Symphony Orchestra Radio Praha
Conductor: Joseph Hrncir

Psalm (1993)

Orchestra de Camera Radio Bucarest
Conductor Ludovic Bács

Symphony no. 7 (1992/93)

Orchestra Nationala Radio Bucarest
Conductor: Horia Andreescu


Composer
Anatol Vieru (1926-1998)

Mastering
Christoph Stickel

Booklet
32 pages
Booklet notes English/German/French
Booklet texts: Egbert Hiller, Andrei Vieru

time

Symphony no. 2          25:44
Sinfonia Concertante    25:48
Clepsidra II                  21:34
Sinfonietta                   12:13
Psalm                          10:22
Symphony no. 7           30:52

Total: 126:45

DDD / ADD Stereo

TRO-CD 01451

LC 06206

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‘Heart palpitations’ and ‘intervallic thought’:
the orchestral music of Anatol Vieru

For the Rumanian composer Anatol Vieru (1926-1998), every hour he lived and every note he committed to paper must have seemed like a miracle when he thought back to a particular day in June 1941. Romania had entered the war against the Soviet Union on Germany's side, and had agreed to take part in the Nazi régime's extermination of European Jewry. When all the male Jews in Iaşi were told to assemble, Anatol was able to flee with his father and brother. Thousands of others were cruelly murdered.
In later years Vieru never spoke of this in public. Part of the reason was that, in the age of communism, their country's involvement in the Holocaust was taboo and banished from official history. It is natural to suppose that this crucial experience, magnified by the silence that descended upon it, was 'communicated' via other channels, and that he dealt with it in his creative work. But Vieru’s music refuses to be boiled down so simply, for what is captivating about his musical language is precisely its multi-layered diversity.

Tachycardie

After World War II had come to an end, Vieru first studied at the Bucharest School of Music. At the same time he performed such important functions as heading the Bucharest National Theatre and editing the official journal of the Rumanian Association of Composers. He first drew attention in the West in 1962 by winning the Prix International Reine Marie-José in Geneva with his First Cello Concerto. In 1973 he received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a one-year stay in West Berlin. The same year witnessed the birth of his Simfonia II, whose the opening movement, 'Tachycardie' (heart palpitations), finds acrid rhythms colliding with luminous sheets of sound

'... it belongs, it doesn't belong ...'


The constructive principle behind Vieru’s music, according to Thomas Beimel, is based on tiny modes with which he allegorically depicts the social processes of inclusion and exclusion along the lines of set theory: it belongs, it doesn't belong, it has features in common. This allegory reflects Vieru's own threatened existence – his 'Jewish identity', of course, but also his later identity as a Rumanian artist subject to the strict surveillance and control of the régime. Proceeding from the modes, he then arrived at a model of intervallic thought that plays an important role in his five-movement Simfonia concertanta for cello and orchestra (1987), including subliminal associations with folk music.
Whether the (bloody) end of Ceaucescu's dehumanising reign seemed to Vieru like a dream, or whether he had expected it all along, is a matter of speculation. In any event, he had resisted Rumania's dictatorship with his art, refusing to let himself be co-opted by the system. In the final decade of his life he enjoyed his newly-won liberties and took pleasure in his growing international acclaim.

Egbert Hiller

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CD 1
1. symphony 2, tachycardie 06:27 sound check
2. symphony 2, psalm 11:06 sound check
3. symphony 2, melody descatusata 08:01 sound check
4. sinfonia conc. i sostenuto 05:17 sound check
5. sinfonia conc. ii allegro 03:34 sound check
6. sinfonia conc. iii andante 06:40 sound check
7. sinfonia conc. iv allegro 03:28 sound check
8. sinfonia conc. v. 06:49 sound check
9. clepsidra ii 21:34 sound check

CD 2
1. sinfonietta 12:19 sound check
2. psalm 10:22 sound check
3. symphony vii, prelude 15:44 sound check
4. symphony vii, loops 09:34 sound check
5. symphony vii, hymn 05:43 sound check