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Schumann: Symphony in C; Konzertstuck for four Horns; 2 Symphonic Etudes; Pfitzner: Symphony in C et al. / Gerard Schwarz

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Konzertstuck for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde - Liederspiel, Op. 89
>     Overture
>Schumann, Robert : Two Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13
>     no 11. Adagio
>     no 12. Allegro brillante
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances
>     no 5 in G minor
>     no 6 in D major
>     no 11 in D minor
>     no 16 in F minor
>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
>Pfitzner, Hans : Symphony in C major, Op. 46

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Konzertstuck for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde - Liederspiel, Op. 89
>Schumann, Robert : Two Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances
>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
>Pfitzner, Hans : Symphony in C major, Op. 46
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The musical expression of German Romanticism is the theme of this disc. The trajectory of Schumann's Konzertstuck, 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.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
But whichever you choose, if you love beautifully-crafted and wonderfully engaging symphonies, are curious enough to want to discover more of them, and don't care a fig how much of an anachronistic violation they may present to the myth of "progress" in artistic evolution, do seek out Pfitzner's joyous, one-of-a-kind contribution to the genre.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Konzertstück for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86
  • Performers: Robert Bonnevie (Horn); Scott Wilson (Horn); David Knapp (Horn); Mark Robbins (Horn)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1849

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde - Liederspiel, Op. 89 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Composition written: 12/19/1829.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 12/19/1829

>Schumann, Robert : Two Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13 :: no 11. Adagio
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Two Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13 :: no 12. Allegro brillante
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 5 in G minor
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 6 in D major
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 11 in D minor
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 16 in F minor
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1992-04-17&1993-02-08_1993-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Pfitzner, Hans : Symphony in C major, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940