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AV 2230

Gál / Schumann - Symphony No.3

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release date: June 2011


Orchestra of the Swan

Kenneth Woods


Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

6-7 Dec 2010


Simon Fox-Gál


Simon Fox-Gal

Record Label
Avie Records


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 66:17
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Symphony No.3, Op.62

1 I Andantino - Allegro vigoroso e passionato 14:25
2 II Andante tranquillo e placido 9:22
3 III Allegro molto moderato 10:52



Symphony No.3, Op.97

4 I Lebhaft 9:03
5 II Scherzo. Sehr mäßig 5:56
6 III Nicht schnell 5:04
7 IV Feierlich 6:10
8 V Lebhaft 5:25

Avie continues to bring to light the music of Hans Gál – “music well worth championing,” according to The Sunday Times (London) – with the world premiere recording of the Third Symphony conducted by committed advocate, American conductor Kenneth Woods with the enterprising Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan.

Written in the post-war years, after the “continental Briton” had settled in Edinburgh, the work ranges from lyrical tranquillity to a densely contrapuntal and rhythmically complex style. Gál’s compositional pedigree is strongly linked to the Austro-German tradition going back to the 18th century Viennese classical masters. The pairing of Schumann’s Third Symphony is appropriate, presenting Gál’s music alongside symphonic repertoire that represents its roots and core values.

Woods made headlines with his first recording of Gál’s music on Avie with orchestral and concertante works conducting Northern Sinfonia (AV 2146). Here he conducts Orchestra of the Swan, where he is Principal Guest Conductor, in the first of a projected cycle of all four of Hans Gál’s symphonies.

"...Gál’s symphonic music is superbly lyrical and energetic. "

Byzantion - - 8 August 2012

"Gál is truly worth rediscovering; Woods’s recording project for Avie has intrigued and delighted me and I’m only left wanting more. If you like late Romantic orchestral music with a Viennese accent, don’t hesitate."  ****

Andrew Mellor - Classic FM Magazine - September 2011

"...Throughout, the members of Orchestra of the Swan are willing souls, as content in the new-found Gál as they are with the old-friend Schumann, and both works are excellently recorded. Bring on the next three volumes!"

Colin Anderson - The Classical Source - August 2011

"... The performance of the Gál could hardly be bettered. In the Schumann ... it’s a fresh sounding, highly recommendable performance that makes an excellent foil for Gál’s No 3... With first-rate recording throughout, too, this is a very welcome release."

Calum MacDonald - International Record Review - July/August 2011

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