Notes & Reviews:
During his lifetime Rudolph Simonsen was one of the most famous figures in the Danish music world - not only as a composer but also as a pianist, teacher, administrator, instructor, and author. He belonged to the generation succeeding Carl Nielsen, whose members could proudly sail over the musical main because Nielsen had charted the waters for them. Simonsen was an extraordinary idealist and a man of the most exceptional humanistic culture. He assigned the programmatic title Zion to his first symphony, which was premiered by Carl Nielsen in Goteborg in 1920. It was the first time that a Jewish composer in Denmark had written a work dealing directly with Jewish culture.
”The G-Minor Overture is a wholly enticing 14 minutes of grandeur- probably the reason for my Bruckner analogy in the first place- melodic and sweeping bombast of the finest order and nothing to be vague about, only enthusiastic.”-Fanfare
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Gouvy: Symphonies no 3 and 5 / Mercier, et al
Holbrooke: Symphonic Poems / Griffiths, et al
Natanael Berg: Symphonies no 1 & 2 / Rasilainen, et al
Weingartner: Symphonic Works Vol 6 / Letonja, Basel SO
Walter: Symphony no 1 / Botstein, North German RSO
Herzogenberg: Piano Quartets, String Trios, etc / Frölich, Belcanto Strings
Reznicek: Symphony no 1 "Tragic", etc / Beerman, Prudenskaja, Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
Wilms: Symphonies no 1 & 4, Overture in D / Griffiths, et al
Farrenc: Piano Trios, Sextet / Linos Ensemble