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Hans Gál: Symphony No. 3; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 / Woods

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 62
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Avie continues to bring the music of Hans Gál to light with the world premiere recording of the

"Gloriously tuneful late-Romantic masterworks ... music that compels attention." - Gramophone

Classic FM Magazine
[the Rhenish] is well-paced with a particularly effective Scherzo and some very stylish string playing. It's adventuring through the Gál, though, that brings the best from Woods and his musicians. A sense of excitement quickly creeps into the throbbing pregnancy of the first movement and the players have you hooked thereafter.

Gramophone Magazine
a committed performance of a work that grows on me with each hearing...Woods provides a strong reading and the disc as a whole, with splendid sound, is warmly recommended.

International Record Review
Woods, who conducts the Gál with obvious empathy and understanding (he also contributes the booklet notes), give a strong, forceful reading of the Schumann, if for obvious reasons a little small-scale. The Stratford-based Orchestra of the Swan is not a huge band...but it makes up for lack of numbers - especially strings - with admirable clarity of texture and finely honed musicianship. The performance of the Gál could hardly be bettered.

MusicWeb International
Woods perhaps exaggerates the drama and originality of Gl's Symphony, but it is high time the composer had such a knowledgeable, proactive champion for his orchestral music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, England (12/06/2010-12/07/2010).



Reviews

Melodic traditions
I was happily surprised to hear such gorgeous melodies, singing calm and joyous, so different from much music of this time period.
Submitted on 08/04/11 by bj 
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Works Details

>Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, England (12/06/2010-12/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, England (12/06/2010-12/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1850