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PFITZNER, H.: Symphony in C major / SCHUMANN, R.: Concertstuck (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

PFITZNER, H.: Symphony in C major / SCHUMANN, R.: Concertstuck (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Seattle Symphony Orchestra


Schwarz, Gerard


Gerard Schwarz

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

Soloist

Mark Robbins

Soloist

Robert Bonnevie

Soloist

Venue:

Seattle Center Opera House, Seattle, Washington, USA



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 77:45
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PFITZNER, H.: Symphony in C major / SCHUMANN, R.: Concertstuck (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

     
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ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Concertstuck in F major, Op. 86

 
1 I. Lebhaft 7:22
 Mark Robbins Soloist
     
2 II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 5:13
 Robert Bonnevie Soloist
     
3 III. Sehr Lebhaft 5:49
 Gerard Schwarz Soloist
     
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

4 

Heimkehr aus der Fremde (Son and Stranger), Op. 89, MWV L6

7:12
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13: Adagio and Allegro brillante (arr. P.I. Tchaikovsky for orchestra)

 
5 Variation 11 1:54
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
6 Finale: Allegro brillante 6:15
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra)

 
7 Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F sharp minor 2:56
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
8 Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major 3:53
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
9 Hungarian Dance No. 11 in D minor 3:20
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
10 Hungarian Dance No. 16 in F minor 2:49
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
 

ANTON WEBERN

11 

Langsamer Satz (arr. G. Schwarz for string orchestra)

13:43
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
 

HANS PFITZNER

 

Symphony in C major, Op. 46

 
12 I. Allegro moderato - 7:21
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
13 II. Sehr langsam - 4:03
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
     
14 III. Presto 5:55
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
 Schwarz, Gerard


The musical expression of German Romanticism is the theme of this disc. The trajectory of Schumann’s Konzertstück, Op 86, written for four horns and orchestra, goes from heroism to introspection. Two of his Symphonic Etudes, Op 13, were orchestrated by no less a figure than Tchaikovsky, while Albert Parlow orchestrated four of Brahms’ most exciting Hungarian Dances. Mendelsssohn’s Overture to his Ballad Opera Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde (Song and Stranger) embodies classical virtues. Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz for string quartet has been vibrantly orchestrated by Gerard Schwarz. Hans Pfitzner, one of the last representatives of the movement, is represented by his concise, melodic Symphony in C major.
 
"All are worth hearing; but the highpoint ... is Pfitzner’s Symphony in C... since I first heard it, I’ve loved this noble, melodious, delightfully eccentric creation ...  It begins with an unforgettable motto-like theme with soaring phrases punctuated by a droll staccato-repeatednote figure, at once grandly ceremonious and quirky…announced by the solo horn, that proudly establishes the work’s C-major tonality. A more lyrical theme offers contrast…Both ideas are extended, but instead of building to a recapitulation, the music slows and quiets, seamlessly merging into the second-movement adagio with a long, lovely, sighing melody sung by the English horn and later strings…Pfitzner truncates the mood of love-drenched longing with a surprise plunge into a presto finale, tossing off episodes of intricate, giddily swirling polyphony before culminating in the long-delayed recapitulation of the first movement’s opening motto-theme, this time as a sonorous fanfare with thrilling modulations that finally, and with appropriate splendor, re-affirm the work’s home-key tonic in a blaze of glory. Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony on this new Naxos play with plenty of gusto ... if you love beautifully-crafted and wonderfully engaging symphonies, are curious enough to want to discover more of them…do seek out Pfitzner’s joyous, one-of-a-kind contribution to the genre."
 
Mark Lehman - American Record Guide, January 2013



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