Reznicek - Symphonic Suite no.1, Carnival & Traumspiel Suites | CPO 5550562

Reznicek - Symphonic Suite no.1, Carnival & Traumspiel Suites


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550562

Barcode: 0761203505623

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st March 2019



Weimarer Staatskapelle


Stefan Solyom


Reznicek, Emil von

Carnival Suite
Symphonic Suite no.1 in E minor


Weimarer Staatskapelle


Stefan Solyom


Our comprehensive and successful Reznicek edition now presents three very different works – the Symphonic Suite no.1 (1882), Traumspiel Suite (1915/21) and Carnival Suite (1932) – which the composer nonetheless assigned to the suite genre. Taken together, they document his compositional and stylistic development over the decades. Moreover, they are performed by an orchestra that Reznicek himself once had conducted for a short time: the Weimar State Orchestra. His Symphonic Suite is more like a three-movement symphony for full orchestra. It is clearly audible that here Reznicek is not concerned with motivic work and thematic fission but with the contrast of moods. The harmony and the instrumentation leave little doubt about its source of inspiration in Wagner. The suite from the incidental music to Strindberg’s Dream Play is a series of short, atmospherically dense musical pictures, and in terms of its compositional history the Carnival Suite is a symphonic intermezzo dividing the opera Gondoliere des Dogen into two parts. In the manner of a Baroque suite, it consists of eight parts: March – Introduction – Pierrot and Columbine – Gigue – Furlana – Passepied – Aria – Gypsy March. The relation of the suite to the rest of the opera music results from the circumstance that here too the rhythm of the Furlana (dance from the Friuli region) is omnipresent.

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