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  • Conductor: Christian Ludwig
  • Composer: Robert Fuchs
  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B007C7FFS6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A richly endowed composer, selfless teacher, and a rare human being proclaims Robert Fuchs memorial stone, and this esteem is reflected in his astonishing roster of pupils Mahler, Sibelius, Wolf and Korngold among them. His own compositions, though, have been overlooked, unaccountably so on the evidence of these lovely Serenades. The Third is quite Brahmsian with a wonderfully bracing Hungarian finale. No. 4 is a highly expressive and richly scored work, whilst No. 5 casts its net yet wider with anticipations of Mahler, and joyous references to the Vienna of the Strauss family. Serenades Nos. 1 and 2 are available on Naxos 8.572222.

Currently Principal Conductor of the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, Christian Ludwig served as artistic director of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, conducting the orchestra at major venues in Paris, Munich, Rome and Cologne.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The name Robert Fuchs (1847-1927) is these days primarily remembered as the teacher of the likes of Mahler, Sibelius, Wolf and Korngold, but he was a fine composer in his own right. I know the music of Fuchs through his very fine chamber music, yes he shows an indebtedness to the composers of the German Romantic tradition, but he certainly has a voice of his own as his excellent string quartets will attest!
The music presented on this disc represents volume two of the set and is unfailingly tuneful and enjoyable, even more so than his chamber music, it shows the influence of Brahms in particular, which is understandable as both composers held each other with great regard. In the third serenade, which as with the first two is for string orchestra, this influence is most prevalent in the final movement which is based on a Gypsy theme, which is reminiscent of Brahms' Hungarian Dances. The fourth serenade, which at 25 ½ minutes is the longest of the five, adds a pair of horns to the string orchestra to particularly good effect. The fifth and final serenade is the only one to be scored for `Small Orchestra', and Fuchs employs this added tone pallet well making especially good use of the woodwinds. There is also a surprise in the final movement, were the influence moves away from Brahms, giving us instead a form of homage to Johann Strauss.
This may not be great or deep music, in places it's even quite light, but it is enjoyable and attractive music, music to keep you smiling. It is also music which is well plaid by the Cologne musicians, with their performance helping me to recommend this disc whole heartedly!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Introspective String Music 23 Sept. 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fuchs was a respected composer in his day as well as a capable teacher, counting Mahler and Sibelius among his students. Brahms, never an indiscriminate slinger of praise, expressed admiration for his works. He apparently was not much of a self-promoter, however, and his music has since lapsed into obscurity. I've heard his three symphonies and confess I don't think they're much to write home about, but this trio of serenades are definitely worth a listen. To me they are reminiscent of string music by Edward Elgar, though perhaps a bit more meandering. Lacking a strong propulsive sense, they are nonetheless pensive and emotionally probing. Ludwig and the CCO have also previously recorded Fuch's first two serenades plus another string work; both discs are recommended as worthwhile finds.
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