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Hans Gal: Symphony No. 2; Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
22-04-2013
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Barcode:
822252223224
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
AV2232
Hans Gal: Symphony No. 2; Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Hans Gal: Symphony No. 2; Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Description

Kenneth Woods and Orchestra of the Swan continue their revelatory cycle pairing the symphonies of Hans Gál and Robert Schumann, with Gál's Second and Schumann's Fourth.

Kenneth Woods, Principal Guest Conductor of Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan, has made international headlines for his ongoing cycle of world-premiere recordings of Hans Gál's Symphonies. The set, paired with the symphonies of Robert Schumann, has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Performance Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and dozens of other newspaper and online reviews, introducing a new generation to Gál's wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre.

Woods and OOTS continue the cycle with Gál's Second and Schumann's Fourth. The Gál, written in 1942-43 during the darkest war years, is perhaps the most personal of the composer's four symphonies. With an emotional depth and haunting beauty, the symphony distils the process of overcoming pain and loss into the language of pure music. Composed a century earlier, Schumann's Fourth is arguably his most popular symphony.

Personnel: Orchestra of the Swan, Kenneth Woods (conductor)

Critical acclaim for Kenneth Woods and Orchestra of the Swan:

"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." - National Public Radio's All Things Considered

"You may not have heard of Hans Gál. But the American conductor Kenneth Woods thinks you should have." - The Washington Post

"A symphonic conductor of some stature." - Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

"A front rank conductor...[he] has seized on the essence...Highly recommended." - Audiophile Audition

"Well-made music and the [Orchestra of the] Swan does it proud, giving also a spruce and eloquent performance of Schumann's Second." - The Daily Telegraph

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Hans Gál: Symphony No. 2, I. Introduction: Andante - Adagio
  3. II. Allegro energico - molto moderato
  4. III. Adagio
  5. IV. Allegro moderato ma agitato
  6. Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120, I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
  7. II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
  8. III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
  9. IV. Langsam; Lebhaft
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