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August Klughardt (1847-1902): Symphony No. 5; Overtures / Antony Hermus

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>Klughardt, August : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 71
>Klughardt, August : Im Fruhling, concert overture for orchestra, Op. 30
>Klughardt, August : Festive Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 78

Album Summary

>Klughardt, August : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 71
>Klughardt, August : Im Fruhling, concert overture for orchestra, Op. 30
>Klughardt, August : Festive Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 78
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Our second release featuring orchestral works by August Klughardt also 'represents an impressive case on behalf of a composer to whom one simply cannot listen without becoming personally involved' (klassik.com). Klughardt's symphonies were frequently performed during his lifetime, and his fifth such work displays a special compositional history. He composed it in 1892, the year during which he celebrated his 25th anniversary as a conductor in Dessau. In this early form, however, the work was not yet a Symphony in C minor but a String Sextet in C sharp minor, which unfortunately has not come down to us, so that we can no longer compare it to the later symphony. The frequent employment of a solo violin in almost all the movements nevertheless must surely be an inheritance from the original string sextet version. This highly animated, vital, and sonorous music and two overtures by this Dessau master are interpreted by the 'home team,' the Anhalt Philharmonic, this time under the conductor Antony Hermus.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
A minor German Romantic master in the vein of Schumann and Brahms; the Symphony is a rearranged string sextet. Warmly likeable performances by the orchestra Klughardt conducted.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The graph line continues upward with Symphony 5, a thoroughly fine piece of music. It began as a sextet. Ronald Mueller's excellent notes theorize that a survival from the sextet is the prominent role for the solo violin. In the Springtime Overture, the composer suggests winter's rigors with a slow fugato introduction on the strings. He paints spring with a lively allegro in triple time, with bravura horn writing worthy of Schumann. The Festival Overture celebrates the centennial of the Dessau Ducal Theater. Klughardt works up all these elements to a sonorous conclusion. The performances are all highly competent. The Anhalt orchestra plays with good ensemble and refinement of tone. Maestro Hermus conducts the music with complete confidence. CPO's sound is first-class. Anyone seeking offbeat repertoire of high quality will be well pleased.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Katharina-Saal, Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt (2011-12-06_2011-12-08&2012-).



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Works Details

>Klughardt, August : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 71
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Ensemble: Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
  • Notes: Katharina-Saal, Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt (11/19/2012-11/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Klughardt, August : Im Frühling, concert overture for orchestra, Op. 30
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Notes: Katharina-Saal, Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt (12/06/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Klughardt, August : Festive Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 78
  • Conductor: Antony Hermus
  • Notes: Katharina-Saal, Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt (12/06/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral