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Hans Gál: Symphony No. 4; Schumann: Symphony No. 2 / Kenneth Woods

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>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 4 (Sinfonia concertante), Op. 105
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Symphony no 4 (Sinfonia concertante), Op. 105
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Kenneth Woods and Orchestra of the Swan's world premiere recording of Hans Gál's Symphony No. 3, coupled with Schumann's Third, and was one of the most lauded classical releases of 2011. With features on NPR's All Things Considered and Performance Today, in Gramophone and BBC Music magazine, and dozens of newspaper and online reviews, a new generation is discovering and seeking out Gál's wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre. Woods, a prolific blogger, further stokes the interest with his extensive posts on A View from the Podium, one of the 25 most-read classical blogs in the world.

International Record Review
The soloists take part seamlessly in a constantly evolving symphonic argument, not so much displaying their virtuosity as bringing out the individual voices of Gal's deft and intricate polyphony, into enhanced relief...[they] play throughout with refinement, beautiful tone, an understanding of the idiom and composer's polyphonic web. All in all, this is a very welcome and highly recommendable release.

Gramophone Magazine
The Orchestra of the Swan provide a quietly compelling account, relishing the many solos, duos and textural intricacies that Gal wrings from his orchestra. Their account of Schumann's C major brings playing necessarily of great fire...Woods's finely wrought interpretation confirms his credentials - if confirmation were needed - as a symphonic conductor of stature.

MusicWeb International, July 2012
As far as this symphony is concerned, time really does seem to have stopped for Gßl in the 1930s. I leave readers to decide whether this matters. They will certainly find a skilfully assembled work...if you like late Strauss, give it a try. The performance seems excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/05/2011-12/06/2011).



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Works Details

>Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) : Symphony no 4 (Sinfonia concertante), Op. 105
  • Performers: Christopher Allan (Cello); David Page (Violin); Diane Clark (Flute); Sally Harrop (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1974

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Notes: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1845-1846