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Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2) + Gilse: Symphony No. 4 (Concert Overture/ Funeral) (Netherlands Symphony Orchestra/ David Porcelijn) (CPO: 777689-2) + Jan Van Gilse: Symphonies 1 & 2
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  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Composer: Jan van Gilse
  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B007HOEZ7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Erhebung": I. LangsamAile Asszonyi 8:46Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Erhebung": II. Leidenschaftlich und heftig bewegtAile Asszonyi11:57Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Erhebung": III. Sehr langsam und schwermutigAile Asszonyi 9:40Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Erhebung": IV. Lebhaft und sehr kraftig, stellenweise im Ausdruck eines ubermutigen WalzersAile Asszonyi10:46Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Erhebung": V. Ausserst langsam und sehr ruhig, mit innigster EmpfindungAile Asszonyi21:51Album Only

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Voogd on 31 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you're interested in good old fin-du-siècle thinking and the music that brought this `movement' forth, you must be interested in this 3rd symphony by Jan van Gilse. Otherwise, why would you give your symphony the name `Erhebung' (Elevation) and support the orchestra with text sung by a soprano voice (in the 3rd and 4th movement)? It seems van Gilse studied some Mahler symphonies and to great advantage. You can't say van Gilse clones Mahler's music but he doesn't ignore it either. But there're Lisztian influences too and the moment we delve deeper into this work we hear influences by Strauss and Mahler and when the soprano gets involved Isolde is not far away. Considering this is music by a Dutchman, who studied and worked in Germany a long time, this is really international music with a high quality level. I really can't understand why a respected composer, and music critic, like Willem Pijper, hated van Gilse's music so much. He wrote so many hate filled articles in the local newspapers van Gilse resigned as conductor of the local Utrecht symphony orchestra. It dominated the fate van Gilse's music underwent for nearly 70 years! Van Gilse is only little by little rehabilated and for this the Dutch must be thankfull that a German record label is interested to record his symphonies. (Although I'm very very glad they do this, it's a bit of a shame we Dutch seem not to be able to document our orchestral music properly like the Danes do - the Dacapo label - or the Swedes - the BIS label - or even the Belgians.) The performance by a celebrated Dutch orchestra - which is under thread with budgetary reductions - and conductor is excellent and the soprano voice leaves nothing to be desired. If you like Jugendstil, Mahler, Strauss, orchestral music in general, grab this!!!!!! I really do hope CPO will record Pijper's 3 symphonies too, they're really worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacobite on 24 July 2012
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My title for this review almost says it all! The musical "establishment" should hang its head in shame that Dutchman Jan van Gilse's music passed vitually into oblivion after his death in 1944. All praise, therefore, to CPO for beginning to record his symphonies: he wrote four. Gilse was a great man of integrity who would not be cowed by the Nazi barbarians occupying his country and their treatment of Jewish musicians. His later life was tragic. His music was forbidden to be performed; his two sons, members of the resistance, were both executed by the Nazis. He and his wife had to go into hiding and Gilse died in hospital under an assumed name and was buried under that name in an unmarked grave. His third symphony was completed in 1907. It is glorious music, two of its movements featuring a soprano soloist, with words drawn from a poem and from the Biblical Song of Songs. Aile Asszonyi has a ravishing voice, soaring aloft with spine-tingling effect when proclaiming "Many waters cannot quench love" and "Love can never be bought". The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra play their hearts out under David Porcelijn. The recording could not be bettered. I have loaned my copy of the CD to several friends. They were bowled over and went out and bought copies for themselves. This is a 'must buy' for any lover of great 20th century music.
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OMG! I had never heard of van Gilse, but just got some music by Hendrik Andriessen, so it came up as a suggestion in Amazon. On the basis of the reviews, I bought all 4 symphonies over 3 discs, but this third I have played over and over again. It is wildly and unashamedly romantic, reminiscent of Mahler, Strauss, perhaps some Wagner and even Liszt thrown in with its cyclic form, but van Gilse is his own man and he writes it with his own style. At times dramatic, at other times touching, it has everything and more. It is tempting to think it is a clone of Mahler's third, but it isn't really - perhaps the last movement comes closest to Mahler's own last movement in his third, but that shouldn't put you off buying and hearing this one.

If you like romantic music, don't hold back - this one is definitely worth the purchase.
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By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2014
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Another hitherto unjustly neglected symphony from the years immediately before the First World War. Jan van Gilse's Third Symphony is a massive work, lasting over an hour, set out in five contrasting movements. As befits is title, the overall trajectory is from the gloom of the opening - a very impressive start to the work that immediately compels one's attention - to the ecstasy of the finale, with its soprano soloist soaring above the orchestral texture.

Those seeking influences will not need to look far - Mahler (and especially his Third Symphony), Richard Strauss (in the second movement), and Wagner himself in the opening pages of the finale. The spirit of the symphony rests securely in the sehnsucht that infects much of the Austro-German compositions of the pre-war period. Yet this is no pallid, long-winded imitation. van Gilse has a distinct idiom, sustained by the employment of interesting orchestral textures, unusual sonorities (especially in the jolly fourth movement with its rambunctious close), a clearly organised thematic structure that binds the long work together; and not least, a gift for distinctive melody. the soprano soloist is no mere extra: her entries are in appropriate and logical places within the flow of the music, and add to the spirit of the piece as a whole, especially in the ravishingly beautiful third movement.

One of my musical discoveries of 2013 which I warmly recommend to other explorers of late romantic works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Netherland's Mahler-Strauss? 14 Jan. 2013
By DesignerMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Dutch composer and conductor showed musical gifts early on. His teaching took place in Germany with Franz Wüllner and then Engelbert Humperdinck. Conducting took up much of his time but, ever the controversialist, he crossed swords with Dutch composer and music journalist Willem Pijper and was worsted in the confrontation. Like another thrawn character, the Swedish symphonist Kurt Atterberg, Van Gilse took a prominent role in the protection of musicians' copyright. During the German Occupation his two Resistance-fighter sons were killed. Van Gilse himself died of pneumonia while in hiding from the Nazis.

His Third Symphony is in five lanky movements and runs to Mahlerian proportions. While not as superheated as the glorious Bruno Walter First Symphony or Siegmund von Hausegger's Natursymphonie - two other Cinderellas, superbly recorded by CPO - this is still a potently epic symphony. The music occupies a country to which Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner had already laid claim. The music is moodily ambiguous - elegiac and disillusioned yet tormentedly passionate and torridly grand. Aile Asszonyi's operatically full-on singing in movements three and five does nothing to cool the temperature - love and the sun vanquish all. The fourth movement speaks of Strauss's Don Juan and early Mahler at his most swayingly ebullient. The long (20+ minutes) finale's confident late-romantic serenity is wonderfully sustained and convincing - another Mahler Ewig or a rapturous pre-echo of Strauss's Four Last Songs. I had thought, on a couple of occasions during the first two movements, that things could have gone with more fluency from time to time but no such doubts obtrude here or elsewhere. Asszonyi is a singer to be reckoned with and so is this extended love poem of a Symphony. Its title is Erhebung which is translated as `elevation'. Having heard the music its essence is closer to heightened emotion.

Rob Barnett (Musicweb-International)
The Gilse Symphonies 1 & 2, & 4 are also available from CPO
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, Well-Written Modern Romantic Music 9 Nov. 2013
By James Plackner - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite kind of music. An unknown composer, an unknown work - neither of which deserve to be unknown. If you love well written modern Romantic music - without overdosing on the modern - you can do much worse than get this music - and you cannot do much better.
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