Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and life affirming, 24 July 2012
By 
This review is from: Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2) (Audio CD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Gilse's ripest and best Symphony!, 31 July 2012
By 
Charles Voogd (Underwaterland) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2) (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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Truly uplifting, 13 Jan 2014
By 
Mondoro (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2) (Audio CD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2)
Gilse: Symphony No. 3 (CPO: 777518-2) by Aile Asszonyi (Audio CD - 2012)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews