Andy Pape: An Amerikaner in Danmark
01 July 2013
Classicalcdreview.comAndy Pape, born in Hollywood in 1955
, moved to Denmark when 15, studied in Copenhagan and became a part of his new country's musical life. He has received a number of awards, is prominent on the Danish musical scene, and has composed 7 operas, music for theater and film, and a number of symphonic works. Three of these are featured on this new disk. Obviously Pape is a master of orchestration, and his music holds no surprises. An Amerikaner in Danmark
had its premiere in 2003, a 15-minute tribute to Gershwin, a fantasy of the composer's best known works.
Suburban Nightmares, a concerto for tuba and orchestra, has three movements: Prelude, The Suburbs, The Nightmare, and Postludium. Traces of Time Lost, composed in 1998, actually is a three-movement bassoon concerto concerned with various aspects of time: The Echoes of Time, The Spiral of Time, and Traces of Time. Nothing earth-shaking or new here, but these are major showpieces for the soloists, brilliantly performed here. Throughout all this music it is obvious that Pape has a sense of humor. The Odense orchestra, conducted by Henrik Vagn Cristensen, plays very well, and audio is state-of-the-art, vividly capturing percussive effects. An entertaining issue, although it seems odd another work or two of Pape's isn't included—there is plenty of unused space.