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Recensione di Vagn Holmboe Sonatas & Intermezzi, di Maria Kämmerling, Paula Records, 1983

Nel suo libro “Nordic Art Music” Frederick Key Smith scrive: “Next to Carl Nielsen, Vagn Holmboe (1909-96) is arguably the most beloved and successful Danish composer to have lived during the twentieth century. As a music teacher, he had a profound impact on such important fìgures as Per Norgàrd and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, while also achieving notoriety as a music critic and essayist. His activities as a composer garnered him many awards, and combined with his generous nature and keen intellect, international fame and respect. Though it would be incorrect to label Holmboe a national Romantic, he is more closely in line with Nielsen and Sibelius as a composer than he is with many of his contemporaries. He made limited use of modern styles, such as serialism, and even neo-Classical elements, with the exception of contrapuntal techniques, are not particularly common in his music. Of far greater importance was his interest in the musical philosophics of Béla Bartòk, especially with regard to the distinction between folk music and art music.

Holmboe’s output is quite extensive, and consists of significant contributions to virtually every type of art music; in addition, his symphonies, string quartets, and concerti are considered outstanding. Regardless of the specifìc genre considered, however, Holmboe stands at the summit of Modern Nordic art music, and as Yoell writes, “Like the man himself, Vagn Holmboe’s music offers the most persuasive illustration of complete artistic integrity.”” (pag. 102)

La cosa curiosa è che Vagn Holmboe cominciò ad interessarsi alle possibilità offerte dalla chitarra verso i 70 anni, attratto dalle atmosfere intime e delicate che lo strumento poteva donargli scrisse la Sonata nro 1, la Sonata nro 2 e i Five Intermezzi. Sebbene non fosse un chitarrista è evidente, ascoltando questo cd, la notevole perizia e l’impegno dedicato dal compositore danese nei confronti della chitarra, e il suo desiderio di uscire da un orizzonte folkloristico per inserirsi nella tradizione compositiva europea. Il risultato è un cd di musiche sospese, caratterizzate da uno sviluppo interno coerente e elaborato, elegante espresso dal virtuosismo e dall’intelligenza di Maria Kämmerling.