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Apex: Sinding Symphonies 3 & 4

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  • Audio CD (14 Oct 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B000070WP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 121 - I Con fuoco"
2. "Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 121 - II Andante"
3. "Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 121 - III Allegro"
4. "Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 121 - IV Non troppo allegro"
5. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - I Maestoso"
6. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - II Andante"
7. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - III Moderato"
8. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - IV Vivace"
9. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - V Largamente"
10. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - VI Andante"
11. "Symphony No. 4 ""Winter and Spring"", Op. 129 - VII Non troppo allegro"

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Having been enormously impressed by the CPO recording of Sinding's violin concertos (especially Nos. 2 and 3), I was keen to explore his symphonies. The Third and Fourth are fine works but neither is an easy listen. They are densely written, thickly orchestrated and sometimes overburdened with counterpoint to the extent that it is difficult to pick out the main melodic line. Although standard symphonic structures are used in the outer movements of the Third Symphony, you will still find it difficult to navigate your way around the music. Sinding's tunes are also inclined to wander and can be difficult to assimilate. Frankly, you could probably do a Ph.D sorting out the musical thought in these works...but you wouldn't get the funding as the music was written at the end of an era and thus has no real historical importance. After many hearings, I thought the Third Symphony was worth the effort required to get to know it but I was not so convinced by the Fourth.

The booklet note writer seems at a loss and confines himself for most of the time to vague comments about the mood of the music so I'll give a few pointers. The 45 minute Third Symphony dates from 1920. The 15 minute first movement states its main theme at once. The mood is as confident as the opening of Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony or Elgar's Second. This is a fine, striding tune, the most memorable idea in either symphony. Within a few seconds its melodic contour will remind you of the "Siegfried Idyll" 's opening. Heard in every movement, this is the symphony's motto theme. The second subject is in two parts, the first heard at 2 mins 31 secs on low woodwind (this seems to be a habit of Sinding's) and the second at 3 mins 54 secs.
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It's a common idea that Christian Sinding's compositional career staled a little as it developed. Whereas the early works are fresh and somewhat personal, the later works are far too heavily indebted to the composer's great Germanic models, in particular Wagner. On the evidence of these two late works the idea is certainly not baseless - these works definitely lack some of the freshness of the earlier music - but more experience also meant (in Sinding's case) increased compositional skills, and Sinding certainly did not run out of good ideas, even if the music here is hardly very original. Both works sound rather Germanic, and there are few touches of Norwegian folk music or any particularly Nordic character, and they are often rather densely scored - both, but especially the third, are imposing, big, a bit sturdy work, yet there is plenty to savor here for any lover of late romantic music.

The third symphony, in F major, dates from 1919 and is pretty conservative for its date of composition. It is a large-scale, deeply romantic work that owes a bit to Wagner, Brahms and Bruckner. It also contains plenty of good ideas, interestingly developed and treated with skill and ingenuity. The opening Con fuoco is very fine, though the slow movement tends to outstay its welcome a little; overall it is hardly a major work, and it is not particularly notable for its originality, but for a "standard", conservative late romantic work it is certainly a fine one.

The fourth symphony was completed very late in the composer's career (1936), but Sinding had been working on it since 1921. Indeed, the composer called it a Rhapsody for Orchestra "Vinter og Vår" ("Winter and Spring"), and although it is symphonic in scope it was, as far as I can gather, never considered to be the fourth symphony by the composer himself. It consists of seven movements with plenty of color and atmosphere; the scoring is also a bit curious - the composer evidently went for light and air, though couldn't escape his penchant for somewhat thick textures. Nevertheless, with a prominent place for the piano it does convey the effect of spring rain and the awakening of the Earth after winter. The second and third movements are particularly atmospheric, though it is overall a fine work if, again, hardly a masterpiece.

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra under Ari Rasilainen plays with obvious commitment and sensitivity, and despite a few passages where a bit more refinement would certainly have helped blowing some air into Sinding's textures, the performances are overall good. The sound quality is fine as well. I still wonder a bit why Warner chose a packaging that screams "cheap and dirty" for their Apex series, but hope that it won't deter those who enjoy good off-the-beaten-path late romantic symphonism from making this worthwhile discovery.
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