Gal - Symphony No.4 / Schumann - Symphony No.2 | Avie AV2231

Gal - Symphony No.4 / Schumann - Symphony No.2

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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2231

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 19th March 2012

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

Kenneth Woods’ and Orchestra of the Swan’s world-premiere recording of Hans Gál’s Symphony No.3, coupled with Schumann’s Third, was one of the most lauded classical releases of 2011. With features on National Public Radio’s 'All Things Considere and Performance Today, in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and dozens of newspaper and online reviews, a new generation is discovering and seeking out Gál’s wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre. Ken, a prolific blogger, further stokes the interest with his extensive posts on A View from the Podium, one of the 25 most read classical blogs in the world.

Written in his ninth decade and premiered in 1975, Gál’s Fourth and final Symphony is scored for chamber orchestra and akin to a concerto grosso. The music exhibits Gál’s trademark pastoral and lyrical style, yet inwardly this is music of intense rigor and deep concentration. While Gál’s compositional pedigree is strongly linked to the Austro-German tradition of the Viennese classical masters, Schumann’s Second looks to an earlier era, taking much inspiration from the spirit of J S Bach with its contrapuntal textures and chorale themes.

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