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Hans Gál: Symphony No. 2

Notes & Reviews:

Hot on the heels of the world premiere recording of Hans Gál's First Symphony, internationally celebrated conductor Thomas Zehetmair follows with a superb two-CD set including the first-ever recording of Gál's Second Symphony alongside Schubert's "Great" Ninth.

Sunday Times
Gal's Symphony No 2 in F has a definite anachronistic pulling power...conducted by Thomas Zehetmair and issued with Schubert's Ninth, [it] impresses for sterling craftsmanship, elegiac lyricism and a formal ploy whereby the slow introduction becomes the first movement and is recalled at the work's end.

Gramophone Magazine
Once again, Zehetmair shows hiumself a natural Schubert interpreter, his association with the Northern Sinfonia paying hadsome dividends in this lithe and fluent account...a fine modern interpretation caught in splendid sound. Zehetmair's Gal Second Symphony (1942-43) is equally sensitive and unfussy, in a work whose emotive complex could easily be misinterpreted.

The Arts Desk
Zehetmair captures the joy, the dizziness in [Schubert's] music, while not shying away from the hints of madness - all that loopy repetition and relentless, caffeine-fuelled energy. And Schubert's superb brass-writing sounds magnificent here...the Gál is worth a listen, especially if you've heard the other issues in Avie's series, but the Schubert is a must-have.


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