Raff - Symphony no.5 ‘Lenore’, Overture ‘Ein feste Burg’ | Naxos 8555541

Raff - Symphony no.5 ‘Lenore’, Overture ‘Ein feste Burg’


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8555541

Barcode: 0747313554126

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th September 2023



The imposing nature and sweeping expressive range of Joachim Raff’s Fifth Symphony has seen it become one of his most popular works in the genre. Its subtitle ‘Lenore’ refers to a lurid and macabre poem by Gottfried August Bürger in which the forlorn heroine forsakes God to join her dead lover on a wild ride through an ultimately horrific night. With its delicately scored and touching love music, celebrated march and brutal finale, this is a spirited and memorable symphony. The overture Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott uses Martin Luther’s famous melody to commemorate the drama of the Thirty Years’ War.

This recording previously appeared in 1993 on the Marco Polo label (8223455). The Fifth is generally regarded as Raff’s best symphony, still appearing in concert halls today, and collectors of these reissued recordings will not want to be without this release.

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