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Andreae - Orchestral Music

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2012

Originally recorded in 2011


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marc Andreae


The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK

1-2 June 2011


Michael Ponder


Eleanor Walton

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 66:52
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Symphony in C major, Op.31

1 I Allegro moderato 6:44
2 II Lento 10:38
3 III Allegro molto 3:45
4 IV Allegro 7:14
  Dedicated to 'Der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich'  

Notturno and Scherzo, Op.30

5 I Notturno - Ziemlich langsam, aber fließend 5:59
6 II Scherzo - Sehr rasch 6:06
  Dedicated to 'Dem Konzertorchester der Tonhallegesellchaft'  

Music for orchestra, Op.35

7 Allegro Vivace 10:52
  Dedicated to 'Werner Reinhart'  

Kleine Suite, Op.27

8 I Vivace 2:18
9 II Sehr Langsam 5:03
10 III Allegretto, ma non troppo Lento 4:00
11 IV Vivace 4:13
  Dedicated to 'Frau Schwarzenbach-Zeuner'  
 Marc Andreae

Volkmar Andreae was in his day one of the leading conductors in Central Europe. As conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra he dominated Swiss music life for almost half a century, while he was one of the first men anywhere to champion the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. But his real gift lay in composition. His early style was influenced by Richard Strauss, but his music soon developed its own brand of late Romanticism. By turns exuberant and melancholic and always sumptuously orchestrated, Andreae’s music is a major rediscovery. This album unites the major orchestral works of his maturity, including his only Symphony. In later years he focussed more on conducting and ever less on composing. But this album leaves you wishing it had been the other way round.

"... The Bournemouth orchestra plays superbly for the composer’s gramdson - those lusty French horns alone are worth the price of admission- and he may be truly proud of them, but even more proud of what his grandfather has left us here..."

Steven J Haller - American Record Guide - November/December 2012 


"...Conductore Marc Andreae, the composer’s son, clearly learned his trade well from his father. This music could hardly hope for a more committed and empathic advocate, and the Bournemouth Symphony gives him everything for which he couldask. The recorded acoustic is spacious and natural ... Enjoyabe overall, but urgently recomended for the symphony."

James A Altena - Fanfare - November/December 2012


"...The music is both characterful and delightful and brings Andreae’s musical personality into sharper focus; moreover, the principal work here, his Symphony in C major of 1919, is clearly a major utterance that richly deserves its revival... There is clearly more than filial piety in Marc Andreae’s performances: all of this is music that glories in the sonorous possibilities of the twentieth-century orchestra and serves up the vivid colouring accordingly, and the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra aquits itself admirably in such unfamiliar repertoire. Guild’s sonics are first class. This important release should appeal to collectors of European orchestral music from the inter-war period."

Calum MacDonald - International Record Review - March 2012

"...Memorable and uplifting … music of far and wide appeal: entirely tonal, melodic, beautifully structured, and orchestrated with superb clarity and colour."

MusicWeb International  - February 2012

"...Volkmar Andreae not only conducted the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra for 40 years, but also wrote luscious music reminiscent of Franck, Stravinsky and Strauss, yet with a zest all its own. Conducted by Marc, his grandson, this selection includes his remarkable First Symphony and the dramatic Music for Orchestra, which seems like the soundtrack for some undisclosed melodrama. A delightful rediscovery."

Richard Morrison - The Times  - 04 February 2012

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