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Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony / In The Spring

23 Feb. 1995 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Feb. 1995
  • Release Date: 23 Feb. 1995
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:04:29
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,660 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 22 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to agree with my fellow reviewer, this really is a delightful hour's worth of uplifting music and fine music-making.

Karl Goldmark's `Rustic Wedding Symphony' is a rather loosely assembled piece, more of a suite than a symphony proper, and seems to be the main work that keeps his name alive (though many of his other compositions are well worth hearing and the still-performed violin concerto in particular is a real gem). In five movements, a scheme perhaps suggested by Schumann's `Rhenish' symphony, it certainly lives up to the bucolic suggestions of its title. The first movement, rather than a symphonic `allegro' proper, is a fifteen minute set of variations on an ingratiating melody (titled `Wedding March') that once heard is difficult to forget. A central dance-like movement over a droning bass line serves as a scherzo and that movement is framed by two `slow' movements of heart-warming tenderness, beautifully and sensitively orchestrated - in fact all the works here bear witness to the composer's mastery of the orchestra. The finale, working in recollections of music heard earlier in the symphony, neatly ties the whole together and rounds the work off in a mood of celebratory bonhomie.

The two overtures maintain the same air of sunlit exuberance in combination with passages of sweet-toned lyricism. `In Spring' opens with a radiant theme for the strings and during the overture's course woodwind evoke various birdcalls to charming effect.
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I first heard this, years ago, as an undergraduate student, and member of a Recorded Music Society. I probably heard it once. In my memory I connected it with Bach's "Peasant Cantata", and Weinberger's "Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper", and Beethoven's "Pastoral", and Chabrier's rustic pictureseque pieces. Rural. Rustic. Bruegelian. Jolly. Reminiscent, also, of the Mechanics in Mendelsohnn's "Midsummer's Eve". But is it properly symphonic?
Then I heard it recently on radio, and immediately remembered the theme. "How Brahmsian", I thought, surprised at how much of the piece I remembered, although that is the attraction of "theme and variations" -- they stick in your memory.
I bought this for my young grandsons, knowing their Classically-minded parents wouldn't have it, or know it.
This must be one of the most unusual symphonies ever written -- beginning with a theme and variations. Perhaps more of an orchestral suite than a symphonic argument and journey. Or maybe it is just a different way of travelling, and, celebrating a wedding, why should there be an argument of tonic versus dominant?
Good theme-and-variation pieces are to be treasured. This is one of them!
Sometimes a one-hit wonder is still wonderful. This is one of those times!
John Gough -- Deakin University (retired) -- jagough49@gmail.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Whit on 28 Mar. 2009
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This is a lovely, melodic work, played here with spirit and grace by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. The variation first movement is beautifully modulated and a taste of what's to come: delicate and refined in the lovely andante, joyous and rumbustious in the finale. The two overtures which accompany the main course are similarly charming and very well played. Good, clean recorded sound. At this price it's a real steal.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Melvyn M. Sobel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Karl Goldmark (1830-1915) wrote nothing else, his "Rustic Wedding Symphony," Op. 26, would "mark" a place for him in the musical cosmos--- and not merely a footnote, either.

The "Rustic Wedding" is really not a symphony at all, but more a symphonic "suite" comprised of five inventive, melodious and charming programmatic movements. From the opening "Hochzeitsmarsch" (Wedding March), variations of delight and beauty that weave their lyrical material in the most playful and haunting invention, through the nostalgic "Intermezzo" (Brautlied, or, Bridal Song) and the quirky "Serenade," to the utterly disarming and wistful "Andante" (In the Garden), Goldmark's "Rustic Wedding" is every minute a masterpiece of tuneful inspiration.

The overtures, on the other hand, although pleasant enough "fillers," are relatively facile endeavors--- imminently forgettable.

Gunzenhauser approaches Goldmark with a fine romantic sweep, and the NSOI keep attuned perfectly. The overall sound is good, if not as full or detailed as one may wish. However, this budget release is still a solid way to obtain Goldmark's vision at a nominal monetary outlay.

[Running time: 64:28]
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very enjoyable post-romantic symphony 14 Oct. 2007
By Samuel Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are not in a patient mood, then I suggest that you stay away from this piece of music until a later date. On the other hand, if you are taking a break from intellectual music, are burned out from Mahler, Bruckner, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky...then I suggest that you lean back in that armchair and enjoy this heart-warming symphony. And `Heart-Warming' would be a more appropriate title since the `Rustic' part must have passed me by. This is definitely post-romantic music.
I especially like the first movement of this symphony. A very noble and celebratory theme is developed. I have to give Goldmark the two-thumbs up here for a very good melody. There are a few `sugar ballet' moments that might make you cringe a little, but if you're in an expansive mood you won't mind. Four stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Meh 8 Oct. 2014
By Fiddler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this for a couple bucks at Amoeba Records in Berkeley, where it lay in the clearance bin. Back in the days when you could buy a Naxos CD for the price of a Subway foot-long, a production like this was designed to serve as a place-holder until something better came along. Even in that role, it's barely serviceable.

The Dublin orchestra, at least at this point in their history, had a particularly lackluster string tone and the dreariness of the exercise becomes oppressive after just a few minutes. The opening cello theme is a bad omen -- the listener can already imagine a better organized and more imaginative way of phrasing this important establishing passage.

Fortunately. since then I was able to find the Maurice Abravanel/Utah Symphony's "Rustic Wedding" (again, in the Amoeba bargain bin, for a paltry $2.99) and it shines in the areas where Gunzenhauser and his forces lapse into obscurity. Wind passages have sparkle and wit, the strings phrase with unanimous purpose, and the performance as a whole has warmth, benevolence and a sense of occasion that befits its subject matter. It's a special recording whose 1960s analogue sound -- despite some moments of congestion -- gives a truer perspective of orchestral sound than Naxos' digital effort.

While some of the regional/provincial orchestras recorded by Naxos have risen to the occasion and established strong profiles for themselves -- the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony, to name a few -- the National Symphony of Ireland unfortunately missed on its lunge at the brass ring, whereas one such regional orchestra, from the unlikely hinterlands of the Wasatch Range, showed back in 1962 that it had the moxie.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rustic Wedding Review 2 Dec. 2009
By Michael L. Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific peice of Classical music! Local dealer could not/would not special order this and said it was "unavailable"! Thanks Amazon! The Rustic Wedding Symphony is an uplifting/positive peice that is not complex but, easy to listen to, and has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Highly Recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A neglected work that is still lots of fun 6 July 2014
By D. C. Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
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There was a time when the Rustic Wedding Symphony was played far more often. I guess it was one of those old time chestnuts that has fallen out of favor over the years as other composers replaced Karl Goldmark on the concert programs. It is a throwback to those pleasant, slightly programmatic Romantic symphonies that dotted the end of the nineteenth century.

Still the symphony is worth hearing, and the Naxos recording is lively and crisp. The Rustic Wedding is as much a tone poem than an actual symphony - it even starts with a theme and variation movement instead of the usual sonata form. It is very colorful and lively, and not at all profound. There are five movements, including serenade like slow movements and several lively dance movements. No one would mistake this for a Brahms symphony, but I consider this work more substantial than many other "light classic' works.

The recording includes two fillers - In the Spring and In Italy - are these are even more colorful works. They are basically concert overtures full of energetic fast sections and very pictorial slow sequences. Goldmark is now a little off the beaten path but this recording shows his best works can still be enjoyable.
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