commentary to opus 15
Divertimento Capriccioso for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra op. 15 (1958)
II. Serenata beginning
Orchestra: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - Perc., Hrp., Strings
Duration: 16 Minutes
Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes)
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harpsichordist Fritz Neumeyer, in whose baroque ensemble I played continuo (violoncello)
for many years, suggested to me the composition of the Divertimento Capriccioso
for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra.
Gie▀ener Allgemeine Zeitung, 11th February, 1998
The sound of the opening piece in three movements reminded one, with its blending of old themes and figurations with modern material, of Benjamin Britten. Using interesting instrumentation - unusual effects with the harp - Hummel makes sure that the harpsichord does not disappear into the background as a continuo instrument.
Main-Post, 8th February, 1971
The amusing and capricious work, gaining its particular charm through the occasional clashes of style and tone colour within the combined sounds of harpsichord and cleverly arrayed orchestra, was shaped with tangible joy and great sensitivity.