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GREAT ROMANTIC SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set)

    

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GREAT ROMANTIC SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set)

The word ‘symphony’ is used to describe an extended orchestral composition in Western classical music. By the eighteenth century the Italianate opera sinfonia—musical interludes between operas or concertos—had assumed the structure of three contrasting movements, and it is this form that is often considered as the direct forerunner of the orchestral symphony. With the rise of established professional orchestras, the symphony assumed a more prominent place in concert life between 1790 and 1820 until it eventually came to be regarded by many as the yardstick by which one would measure a composer’s achievement.

The nineteenth century brought various changes to the symphonic form. Although both inspired by Beethoven, Berlioz’s experiments with instrumental colour and orchestral size are a world away from the colossal symphonies of Brahms. Composers such as Mahler and Bruckner pushed the traditional symphonic landscapes to their limits, in sharp contrast to the uplifting Classically based symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schubert. The nationalistic flavours apparent in the programme symphonies of Schumann, Strauss and Dvořák exemplify the way in which the symphonic form flourished in the Romantic era, whilst the visceral impact of the Gallic panache is typified by the symphonies of Franck and Saint-Saëns.



Disc 1

Schubert, Franz

  Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:14:50
2.   II. Andante con moto 00:11:13
  Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great"
3.   I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 00:16:20
4.   II. Andante con moto 00:14:22
5.   III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 00:13:24
6.   IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 00:12:07


Disc 2

Brahms, Johannes

  Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
1.   I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 00:13:17
2.   II. Andante sostenuto 00:10:09
3.   III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso 00:05:04
4.   IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio 00:18:30

Schumann, Robert

  Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38, "Spring"
5.   I. Andante un poco maestro - Allegro molto vivace 00:11:49
6.   II. Larghetto 00:06:56
7.   III. Scherzo: Molto vivace 00:05:33
8.   IV. Allegro animato e grazioso 00:08:21


Disc 3

Brahms, Johannes

  Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
1.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:14:31
2.   II. Andante Moderato 00:12:27
3.   III. Allegro Giocoso - Poco meno Presto 00:06:30
4.   IV. Allegro Energico e Passionato - Piu Allegro 00:12:57

Schumann, Robert

  Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
5.   I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 00:11:12
6.   II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 00:04:52
7.   III. Scherzo: Lebhaft 00:05:55
8.   IV. Langsam - Lebhaft 00:08:38


Disc 4

Mendelssohn, Felix

  Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish"
1.   I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Andante come prima 00:13:00
2.   II. Vivace non troppo 00:04:21
3.   III. Adagio 00:10:15
4.   IV. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai 00:09:54
  Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, "Italian"
5.   I. Allegro vivace 00:10:51
6.   II. Andante con moto 00:06:35
7.   III. Con moto moderato 00:07:08
8.   IV. Saltarello: Presto 00:05:36


Disc 5

Berlioz, Hector

  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
1.   I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai 00:13:14
2.   II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo 00:06:15
3.   III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio 00:15:34
4.   IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo 00:04:47
5.   V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro 00:10:04
  Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
6.   Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23 00:10:46
  Le carnaval romain, Op. 9
7.   Le carnaval romain, Op. 9 00:09:02


Disc 6

Mahler, Gustav

  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan"
1.   I. Langsam, schleppend 00:16:19
2.   II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 00:07:32
3.   III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 00:10:02
4.   IV. Sturmisch bewegt 00:19:30
5.   Blumine (original second movement) 00:07:16


Disc 7

Bruckner, Anton

  Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1881 version, ed. R. Haas)
1.   I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell 00:21:33
2.   II. Andante quasi allegretto 00:16:19
3.   III. Scherzo: Bewegt 00:12:05
4.   IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 00:23:10


Disc 8

Saint-Saens, Camille

  Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ"
1.   I. Adagio - Allegro moderato - 00:10:23
2.   I. Poco adagio 00:11:06
3.   II. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - 00:07:50
4.   II. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro - Molto allegro - Pesante 00:07:57

Franck, Cesar

  Symphony in D Minor
5.   I. Lento: Allegro non troppo 00:18:42
6.   II. Allegretto 00:11:17
7.   III. Finale: Allegro non troppo 00:10:46


Disc 9

Dvorak, Antonin

  Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178, "From the New World"
1.   I. Adagio 00:11:40
2.   II. Largo 00:12:01
3.   III. Molto vivace 00:08:08
4.   IV. Allegro con fuoco 00:11:11
  Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70
5.   Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70 00:22:06


Disc 10

Strauss, Richard

  Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233
1.   Nacht (Night) - 00:03:57
2.   Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) - 00:01:28
3.   Der Anstieg (The Ascent) - 00:02:17
4.   Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) - 00:06:08
5.   Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Stream) - 00:00:48
6.   Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) - 00:00:15
7.   Erscheinung (Apparition) - 00:00:46
8.   Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) - 00:00:56
9.   Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) - 00:02:37
10.   Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) - 00:01:31
11.   Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) - 00:01:04
12.   Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) - 00:01:29
13.   Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit) - 00:05:19
14.   Vision - 00:03:58
15.   Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) - 00:00:20
16.   Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) - 00:00:56
17.   Elegie - 00:02:12
18.   Stille vor der Sturm (Calm before the Storm) - 00:03:07
19.   Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) - 00:03:54
20.   Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) - 00:02:15
21.   Ausklang (Final Sounds) - 00:06:35
22.   Nacht (Night) 00:02:23
  Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156
23.   Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156 00:17:54

Total Playing Time: 12:05:21






Composer(s):
Berlioz, Hector; Brahms, Johannes; Bruckner, Anton; Dvorak, Antonin; Franck, Cesar; Mahler, Gustav; Mendelssohn, Felix; Saint-Saens, Camille; Schubert, Franz; Schumann, Robert; Strauss, Richard

Conductor(s):
Benzi, Roberto; Gunzenhauser, Stephen; Halasz, Michael; Kosler, Zdenek; Rahbari, Alexander; Seifried, Reinhard; Talmi, Yoav; Tintner, Georg; Wit, Antoni

Orchestra(s):
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra; Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra; Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra; Ireland National Symphony Orchestra; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Weimar Staatskapelle

Artist(s):
Szabo, Imrich

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501057

Barcode: 730099105743

Physical Release: 04/2012

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