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Gade: Symphonies 1 & 5 / Hogwood, Brautigam, Danish National

> Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter" - I. Moderato con moto - Allegro energico - Con piu moto
> Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter" - II. Scherzo: Allegro risoluto quasi presto - Meno allegro - Tempo I - Meno allegro - Tempo I - Meno allegro - Presto
> Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter" - III. Andantino grazioso
> Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter" - IV. Finale: Molto allegro ma con fuoco - Molto marcato
> Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25 - I. Allegro con fuoco
> Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25 - II. Andante sostenuto
> Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25 - III. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace
> Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25 - IV. Finale: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace

Album Summary

>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Symphony no 1 in C minor "On Sjoland's Fair Plains" Op. 5
>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op.25
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"If not the most adventurous of composers, and in his later years overly conservative, Gade in his youth certainly had his moments. 'Echoes of Ossian' is an impressive Op. 1 by any standard, a well-organized sonata-allegro in a single, purposeful tempo. Hogwood underlines its expressive and dramatic contrasts very nicely indeed and, in Chandos's rich sound, this must count as a first choice." - Guy Rickards, Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
If not the most adventurous of composers, and in his later years over-conservative, Gade in his youth certainly had his moments. his inventiveness is evident in all four symphonies presented here, albeit in very different ways. The Sixth (1856-7) is perhaps the most perfect, Classical in design although with a minatory feel suggestive at times of middle-period Haydn. If it stays within its own clearly defined harmonic and stylistic limits, the First, Third and Fifth do not.

No 1 (1842), based on an old ballad and incorporating his own earlier setting of it, is bright and full of life: no wonder Mendelssohn and the Leipzig audience were enchanted.

The Third (1846-7) is a different proposition, more Romantic in tone, its first movement too much so causing the composer to replace it with a less radical opening span (the Presto tempo marking of which must still have raised a few eyebrows). The original Andante - Allegro energico is included here in its first recording, proving a fine if turbulent sonata Allegro.

The Fifth (1852) has a Mendelssohnian poise and grace plus one startling - if ultimately stillborn - innovation: the piano as an orchestral instrument. The Fifth is definitely not a concerto, but a true symphony with an extended keyboard part, sometimes as soloist, sometimes as colouristic device. The performances are all very nicely drawn, the First and Fifth particularly so.



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>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Symphony no 1 in C minor "On Sjoland's Fair Plains" Op. 5
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Danish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/14/2001-11/19/2001)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841-1842

>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op.25
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Danish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/14/2001-11/19/2001)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral