Fesca: Septets Opp. 26 & 28
Roland A. Born | 05/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a music "critic", but I can tell you that anyone who appreciates youthful, vibrant music of the Romantic Period might be particularly "smitten" by the 22 year old Alexander Fesca's opus 26 septet, especially the first movement! I heard it some time ago on an old vinyl recording, on the Turnabout label if I remember correctly, and immediately took it to heart.
The harmonious, tuneful, rhythmic nature of the music makes this a recording one can enjoy again and again as if listening to a new and exciting work every time.
The music of the 16 year old Mendelssohn in the Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream comes to mind with its scintillating motion that keeps one involved from beginning to end.
The opus 28, perhaps like many "second tries", does not quite hold the attention as the first effort, but the Linos Ensemble manages to make the best of even this less than scintillating, but nonetheless pleasant, work. This is not "profound" music, whatever that is, but for those who enjoy early romantic works, these VERY LITTLE KNOWN pieces are a definite "must not miss".