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AV 2232

Hans Gál: Symphony No.2 Robert Schumann: Symphony No.4

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2011


Orchestra of the Swan

Kenneth Woods


Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

5-6 Dec 2011


Simon Fox-Gál


Simon Fox-Gal

Record Label
Avie Records


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 72:35
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Symphony No.2 in F Op.53

1 I Introduction: Andante - Adagio 7:44
2 II Allegro energico - Molto moderato 8:21
3 III Adagio 15:21
4 IV Allegro moderato ma agitato 13:26



Symphony No.4 in D minor Op.120

5 I Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft - 10:06
6 II Romanze: Ziemlich langsam - 3:26
7 III Scherzo: Lebhaft - Trio - 6:46
8 IV Langsam - Lebhaft 7:25

Kenneth Woods, Principal Guest Conductor of Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan, has made international headlines for his ongoing cycle of world-premiere recordings of Hans Gál’s Symphonies. The set, paired with the symphonies of Robert Schumann, has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and dozens of other newspaper and online reviews, introducing a new generation to Gál’s wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre. 
Woods and OOTS continue the cycle with Gál’s Second and Schumann’s Fourth. The Gál, written in 1942-43 during the darkest war years, is perhaps the most personal of the composer’s four symphonies. With an emotional depth and haunting beauty, the symphony distils the process of overcoming pain and loss into the language of pure music. Composed a century earlier, Schumann’s Fourth is arguably his most popular symphony.

 "...Simon Fox-Gál’s music. Wood’s album is a valuable addition to our understanding of the 20th-century symphony."

Dave Saemann - Fanfare - November/December 2013

"Among the greatest of the Nazis’ banned ’decadents’,  Gál rises above personal tragedy with bittersweet individuality in his Symphony no 2. Remarkable playing in the quirky Schumann, too." ****

David Nice - BBC Music magazine  (Brief Notes Section) - September 2013

"... a highly recommendable offering in this Avie series, beautifully recorded to bring out the benefits of performance on a chamber scale."

Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - August 2013

 "... With a warm and natural recording ... this adventurous release can be unreservedly recommended."

Michael Jameson - International Record Review - July/August 2013

"A fine performance of Schumann’s Fourth, but the real attraction here is Gál’s second, a work of deep feeling."  ****

Lee Passarella - - 22 May 2013

 "...The Gál is persuasively done; a most intriguing musical detour."

Dan Morgan - - May 2013

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