Friedhelm Döhl Edition

Friedhelm Döhl Edition Vol. 8
Melancolia

Gesang der Frühe (Dialogue with Schumann)

Catalog number 21037

Edith Gabry, soprano
Kölner Rundfunkchor und -Sinfonieorchester
Christoph von Dohnanyi

Philharmonisches Orchester Lübeck
Roman Brogli-Sacher

Vol 8 of the 'Friedhelm Döhl Edition' unites the first and last of Döhl’s orchestral works:
MELANCOLIA / Magic squares
for large orchestra with choir and soprano solo 1967/68
GESANG DER FRÜHE (Dialogue with Schumann) for large orchestra 2005/06

None of Döhl’s orchestral works is like any of the others. Each is individual, not adhering to any scheme, neither ‘absolute’ nor ‘programmatic’. Each work moves freely in a sort of in-between world: between ‘purely musical’ form-genesis and ‘extra-musical’ association. This quasi ‘intermediary’ ambivalence is referred to in the titles or sub-titles of the works, they being, in chronological order of composition: 'Melancolia', 'Zorch', 'Ikaros', 'like an attempt to regain speech', 'Tombeau', 'Passion', 'Winterreise, 'Sommerreise', 'Gesang der Frühe'.


"Döhls music represents a central aesthetic position of new art. To him, composing is asking questions of his 'self', music is a medium which he uses in his dealings with a world, whose brokenness and fragility is to be brought to light through art… The partial frugality of the angular contours, repetitive rhythms and glaring contrasts have a direct correlation to highly expressive cantability and dionysistic sound sensuality." Wilfried Gruhn, in 'Metzlers Composers Lexicon'

About the Friedhelm Döhl Edition

"Edition of the year" - Tilmann Urbach, Fono Forum 12/2009

"Performances and supporting documentation are admirable."
Cambridge University Press

„Une voix des profondeurs dans le désert du présent“
Fred Audin
/ ClassiqueInfo-Disque, 2/2009

 

Friedhelm Döhl Edition Vol. 9
Orchestral works

TOMBEAU
PASSION
I
KAROS

Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg
/ Hans Zender
Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR
/ Othmar Mága
Basler Sinfonieorchester
/ Moshe Atzmon

Catalogue number 21042

“Ikaros – Döhl’s music seems nervous, fragile, vulnerable. It is full of tempestuous outbreaks and unexpected collapses, attempts at expressive development, but also zones of depressive resignation. The proximity to Webern’s orchestra pieces op. 6 is often tangible.” (Baseler Zeitung)


About the Friedhelm Döhl Edition

"Edition of the year" - Tilmann Urbach, Fono Forum 12/2009

"Performances and supporting documentation are admirable."
Cambridge University Press

„Une voix des profondeurs dans le désert du présent“
Fred Audin/ ClassiqueInfo-Disque, 2/2009

 
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