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Buffalo and Falletta make more world première recordings of Tyberg’s handwritten works

May 8, 2011

Left–Right: JoAnn Falletta (conductor), Michael Ludwig (violinist) and Tim Handley (producer/engineer)

On May 1, 2011 the Buffalo Philharmonic and music director JoAnn Falletta continued their exploration of the music of composer Marcel Tyberg. The Philharmonic performed and recorded Tyberg’s Second Symphony, following upon the success of their NAXOS recording of his third and final symphony.

Marcel Tyberg, an Austrian composer of partially Jewish heritage, lived a very poor and quiet life in Abbazia, Italy, until he was seized by the Nazis and deported to Auschwitz, where he died on December 31, 1944. Sensing that he was in danger, Tyberg entrusted his entire body of compositions to the family of a young piano student, Enrico Mihich. The Mihich family later fled Europe, taking Tyberg’s works with them. Sixty years later Enrico (then a surgeon and researcher at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute) brought the scores to BPO music director JoAnn Falletta.

“For Dr. Mihich, this was a mission of love for his lost teacher. For me it was the discovery of a unique and important addition to the post-romantic orchestral repertoire. Thanks to the support of Klaus Heymann and NAXOS, we were able to bring this music to life in performances and—even more important—to expanded life on CD.”

The Second Symphony illustrates Tyberg’s reverence for the Austrian-German masters of the past. There are distinct echoes of Bruckner, Schubert, Mendelssohn and even Bach cast in an original and powerful language. The Buffalo Philharmonic undertook the challenging task of translating Tyberg’s handwritten manuscript into a modern performance filled with color, passion and sweep. Tyberg’s love of his instrument—the organ—fills the pages of the score with a Brucknerian grandeur and a spacious romantic palette.

Just as the first NAXOS Tyberg CD explored both orchestral and chamber music (Symphony No. 3 and a Trio for violin, cello and piano), the upcoming CD will pair a weighty piano sonata with the Second Symphony. “It is very exciting for us to have the opportunity and the honor of creating the world première recordings of these fascinating and beautiful works”, said Falletta. “We are grateful to Peter Fleischmann and the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies for their generous support, to the musicians of the BPO for their inspiring dedication to excellence, and to NAXOS for their imagination and vision in bringing the music of Marcel Tyberg to an international audience.”

Marcel Tyberg Biography & Discography

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Biography & Discography

JoAnn Falletta Biography & Discography

Michael Ludwig Biography & Discography


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