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GREAT ROMANTIC SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set)

    
      

 

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– Antoni Wit Talks to Jeremy Siepmann

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


Disc 2

Brahms, Johannes

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

Schumann, Robert

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


Disc 3

Brahms, Johannes

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

Schumann, Robert

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


Disc 4

Mendelssohn, Felix

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


Disc 5

Berlioz, Hector

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


Disc 6

Mahler, Gustav

  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan"
1.   Play with flash player I. Langsam, schleppend 00:16:19
2.   Play with flash player II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 00:07:32
3.   Play with flash player III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 00:10:02
4.   Play with flash player IV. Sturmisch bewegt 00:19:30
5.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell 00:21:33
2.   Play with flash player II. Andante quasi allegretto 00:16:19
3.   Play with flash player III. Scherzo: Bewegt 00:12:05
4.   Play with flash player IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 00:23:10


Disc 8

Saint-Saëns, Camille

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

Franck, César

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


Disc 9

Dvořák, Antonín

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


Disc 10

Strauss, Richard

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

Total Playing Time: 12:05:21






Composer(s):
Berlioz, Hector; Brahms, Johannes; Bruckner, Anton; Dvořák, Antonín; Franck, César; Mahler, Gustav; Mendelssohn, Felix; Saint-Saëns, Camille; Schubert, Franz; Schumann, Robert; Strauss, Richard

Conductor(s):
Benzi, Roberto; Gunzenhauser, Stephen; Halász, Michael; Košler, Zdeněk; 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):
Szabó, Imrich

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501057

Barcode: 730099105743

Release Date: 04/2012

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