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ROCHBERG: Symphony No. 1



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ROCHBERG: Symphony No. 1

Although the first, fourth and fifth movements were performed in cut form in March 1958, Rochberg’s Symphony No. 1, the first large-scale work of his career, is here heard complete for the first time. Unlike the anguished Second (Naxos 8.559182), written in the mid-fifties as a delayed response to the awfulness Rochberg saw at first hand in the war years, the First is a young composer’s exultant exploration of his maturing technique and powers of invention. Rochberg’s teacher, Leopold Mannes, called the Capriccio movement, heard orchestrally for the first time ever in the present performance, “the craziest music I have ever seen!” More than fifty years on, this powerfully individual work has stood the test of time, and of neglect. It is a First Symphony of a young composer who was a natural composer for the orchestra, and a born symphonist.

Rochberg, George

  Symphony No. 1
1.   Play with flash player I. Allegro molto, ma un poco pesante: Exultant!! 00:11:09
2.   Play with flash player II. Night Music: Poco adagio, like a slow march 00:13:31
3.   Play with flash player III. Capriccio: Fast and impetuous, like a curtain - raiser 00:13:31
4.   Play with flash player IV. Variations: Molto adagio, very slow and stately 00:17:32
5.   Play with flash player V. Finale: Adagio, parlando e rubato - Allegro gioioso 00:08:32

Total Playing Time: 01:04:15

Rochberg, George

Lyndon-Gee, Christopher

Saarbrücken German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559214

Barcode: 0636943921425

Release Date: 10/2007

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