|MARCEL TYBERG - Symphony No. 3 - Piano Trio in F major - JoAnn Falletta (Conductor) -
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Naxos 8.572236|
Another brilliant mind lost in Auschwitz in 1944. Marcel Tyberg (1893-1944) was a talented and brilliant musician and composer. His works were
highly regarded during his lifetime, and some were even premiered by conductors like Rafael Kubelik. The shadow of the late-Romantics looms large over his work and
is in full evidence in this impressive Symphony No. 3 in D minor from 1943.
As soon as the first movement opens with determined horn calls, we are immediately reminded of the opening statement of Gustav Mahler's own Third Symphony. These
two composers inhabit the same sound world. The whole movement displays a strong grasp of thematic development and orchestral color. The following Scherzo
again employs typical Mahler gestures, but this time it shares a more demented character like late Mahler. As we enter the beautiful Adagio, it is obvious that
Tyberg has come into his own. A better crafted slow movement would be hard to find, and based on its dark opening you would never guess it would end so beautifully.
But with patient and methodical repetition of the opening motif, and an ever so gradual change of mood, the music attains an elevated level of bliss in the end. The final
Allegro movement is off to an heroic start with an upbeat theme that gets tossed around and expertly manipulated until the whole symphony ends like the
crack of a whip. Conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra actually gave this symphony its premiere
performance in concert, and deliver a top rank interpretation in this recording, with all of the orchestra's colors shining through.
The earlier Piano Trio in F major from 1936, performed here by Michael Ludwig (Violin), Roman Mekinulov
(Cello) and Ya-Fei Chuang (Piano), displays the same level of craftmanship and dedication, by a composer described by some of his friends and
colleagues as a "strange spiritual man who seemed to walk a step further on this earth than was granted to most humans."
Again many thanks to the people at Naxos for unearthing yet another treasure, and saving it from the dark void of oblivion, and sharing the loot with
all of us on this musical planet.
Jean-Yves Duperron - August 2010