Conducted by Matthus's fellow East German, Claus Peter Flor, Der Wald left an impression of mystery not only in its chromatic half-lights, but also in its sense of missing artistic centre. True, the quiet opening for high violins and viola returned to round off the third movement in a satisfying way, and the solo part, played by Heiner Herzog, showed real independence from the orchestral discourse. A composer of opera (Glyndebourne toured his Cornet Rilke a few years back) , Matthus has been compared to Britten for the facility of his ideas. There were plenty of them in here. What the work lacked, however, was a defining moment to linger in the memory.
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