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Hans Gál: The Four Symphonies / Orchestra of the Swan; Woods

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 30
>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 2 in F major, Op. 53
>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 62
>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 4 (Sinfonia concertante), Op. 105
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

NPR
Hats off to conductor Kenneth Woods and his Orchestra of the Swan, who have been making a case for Gál's elegantly built orchestral pieces ... Here's hoping this is the beginning of a substantial Gál revival.

Last year Kenneth Woods and the Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan made musical history when they completed the first-ever recorded cycle of the Symphonies by Hans Gál. By dusting off the Austrian émigré composer's gorgeously melodic and finely crafted scores, which remained relatively dormant throughout the 20th century, Woods has introduced a new generation to Gál's wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre. On this set, the four symphonies (each originally released alongside those of Robert Schumann), are re-mastered and presented all together for the first time, opening the door to further exploration and discovery.

Financial Times, 1st February 2015
The Orchestra of the Swan's playing is strong on commitment and the recordings come across as a labour of love.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon.



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Works Details

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 30
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/02/2013-12/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 2 in F major, Op. 53
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/03/2012-12/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/06/2010-12/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 4 (Sinfonia concertante), Op. 105
  • Performers: Christopher Allan (Cello); Diane Clark (Flute); Sally Harrop (Clarinet); David Page (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1974