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Orchestral Music by Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) - WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) , Marc Andreae Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Marc Andreae
  • Composer: Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)
  • Audio CD (2 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Guild
  • ASIN: B006U0C48A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony in C major Op.31 (1919) - I. Allegro moderato 6:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony in C major Op.31 (1919) - II. Lento10:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony in C major Op.31 (1919) - III. Allegro molto 3:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony in C major Op.31 (1919) - IV. Allegro 7:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Notturno and Scherzo Op.30 (1918) - I. Notturno - Ziemlich langsam, aber fließend 6:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Notturno and Scherzo Op.30 (1918) - II. Scherzo - Sehr rasch 6:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Music for orchestra Op.35 (1929) - Allegro Vivace10:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kleine Suite Op.27 (1917) - I. Vivace 2:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kleine Suite Op.27 (1917) - II. Sehr Langsam 5:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kleine Suite Op.27 (1917) - III. Allegretto, ma non troppo Lento 3:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Kleine Suite Op.27 (1917) - IV. Vivace 4:12£0.89  Buy MP3 

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This new recording of major orchestral works by Volkmar Andreae is of the greatest significance in that it brings to the public's attention the music of one of the most unjustly neglected composers of the early part of the 20th-century, whose achievements as a conductor and musical administrator overshadowed his own music, which is of the highest quality. On this disc we are proud to present the outstanding Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the composer's grandson, Marc Andreae, who delivers performances that cannot be improved upon. Volkmar Andreae's Symphony of 1919 has been described as probably the greatest by a Swiss composer, magnificently orchestrated, and we believe this superb new record will be instrumental in restoring the composer's music to the repertoire. The recorded sound is state-of-the-art.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but not great. 10 Jun 2013
By Racompa
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There is nothing wrong in the music performed here, but it is not totally convincing. The music straddles two worlds: the post-romanticism and the new musical developments in the 1920s, adopting a middle of the road path that I do not find totally inspired.
I clearly prefer the cd of his concertos where the music of this Swiss composer is more straightforward: a romantic piano concerto and a modern violin concerto with a glorious slow movement, which bears the mark of a genius. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find this mark in the first issue of Volkmar Andreae's orchestral work.
Recommended to those eager to explore new grounds in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Works, Written by a Great Conductor 17 Dec 2012
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It seems that conductors are rarely good composers. In the case of Otto Klemperer, the works of his that I've heard (with the exception of the Merry Waltz) are dreadful! Bruno Walter's Symphony #1 sounds like the work of someone with inverse Tourette's syndrome, i.e. generally vulgar outbursts, with occasional sweet-sounding interludes. Furtwängler's works are a mixed bag: conservative, self-indulgent, long-winded, but yet often genuinely moving. In the case of the great conductor Volkmar Andreae, however, we encounter a composer of considerable talent with regard to thematic development and colorful orchestration. His Symphony, which, despite its division into four movements, is really a one-movement work with four recognizable sections, although it isn't clear to me that the "slow movement" isn't really two movements in one. How to divide up the symphony, however, is of no importance whatsoever. This is a symphony of constant transformation of thematic materials. We begin with a stately and serious tone, develop into terror, continue on to a dirge, then suddenly become giddy and almost happy, then transforming itself into a foot stomping Ländler, and then finally turning into a celebration! I felt a strong urge to stand up and cheer by the time the work ended. This isn't mindless happy music; it's music which encompasses all of life's experiences, and in a timespan of less than half an hour!

The other works are no less stunning. Andreae's musical voice seems to be basically Germanic, but with considerable influence from Maurice Ravel at the same time. It's tonal, but in no way hackneyed. Yes, there are moments when his music may even sound like Mahler or other contemporaneous composers, but it never sounds imitative. Andreae has a unique musical voice, and, even more important, his music is enthusiastic and confidant. I want to hear more from this composer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars impressive new find 21 Oct 2012
By b alongi - Published on
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Here is an impressive recording of relatively unknown works conducted by the composers grandson. These are world premiere recordings.The highlight is the symphony in C which has much going for it.Its melodic flowing music very pleasing to the ear. Marc Andreae has the right feel for the music. Excellent support by the Bournemouth Orchestra.I would like to hear the violin concerto composed 75 years ago. A further note: the composer was also a conductor of considerable merit.He was admired by the likes of Toscanni and Bruno Walter.Hope this is only the beginning of receiving music from this composer.Perhaps the violin concerto with the composers grandson at the helm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent new recording 19 May 2012
By record dude - Published on
While I found all the previous recordings of Andreae's chamber music very much to my liking, his powerful and beautifully orchestrated music as recorded on this CD still took me by surprise.
In addition, the recorded sound is excellent, bringing out all the subtle orchestral coloring and powerful climaxes characteristic of this music. The performance by the composer's grandson is impeccable.
I heard it on my car stereo and the sound has never been bettered. Give it a try-- a very impressive recording. I hope Guild is planning on doing his piano concerto
and other music for solo instrument and orchestra in the near future. If not-- how about it guys. Let me know what you think.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Well-Written Modern Romantic Music 9 Nov 2013
By James Plackner - Published on
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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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