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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for., 3 Sep 2013
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Symphony No. 3 of Tyberg was received by many with a mixture of celebration and sorrow: Another victim of the Nazis, and this one with great musical talent which produced a wonderful symphony saved from destruction and oblivion.
Many of us have been waiting with great expectations for No 2., but I recommend that one listens to this one with other expectations than those inspired by listening to No. 3. No. 2. is not only earlier in the oevre of Tyberg, but also influenced by earlier composers in the musical tradition than No. 3. There is more of Schumann, although the scherzo is Brucknerian. But the last movement is almost a return to Bach and his fugue making, but also in an orchestration similar to how Stokowski did it with Bach fugues. So this is another example of reactionary music that representatives of modernism would have hated? How could one compose like this in 1927? Evidently one could, and Tyberg was not the only one! Richard Wetz for example composed Bruckner's Symphonies No. 10, 11 and 12. And Alfredo Casella composed Mahler's Symphonies No. 11, 12 and 13. If the invention of new musical forms is the only criterion for good music, then Tyberg's No. 2 is a failure. But if content is equally important, then this symphony is a wonder: Yes, one has to listen beyond one's familiarity with the language Tyberg uses, but then one will gradually experience how creative and inventive he is with the musical material. Just as Mozart was within the language of Haydn and other predecessors. This is truly substantial music!
And now another set of great expectations: Does No. 1. exists? And will it be recorded?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner in disguise, symphony nr.7a, 5 Aug 2013
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This symphony is very much derivative and old school. It was completed in 1927 but time came to a halt in Tyberg's compositional development. He just apes what Brahms and Bruckner already did. That's not a bad thing but it's not very original. Couldn't it be better that his symphonies (3 in all) stayed in the library? No, I don't think so because they'll give you a clear idea that there were (and are) many composers who didn't follow Schoenberg's path. Tyberg's 2nd symphony starts like Bruckner 7th at half the speed. The same restlessness, the same melody, but not the same intensity or concentration. The whole work seems strangely underpowered. As if Tyberg's didn't want to or couldn't raise his voice. Could he be angry and put something of that into his music? Fear not. A very polite symphony, no sharp edges, very soft focused. During the second movement, a lovely adagio with a melody 10 times repeated, I was waiting for Errol Flynn popping up and yeah into the last bars there he was on a glowing Korngoldian melody. The scherzo is fine Bruckner plagiarism: fast first subject - Austrian Ländler in the middle - closes with the first subject (ABA). The finale just escapes the finale problem. Part of the problem for this work is the way it's recorded. It's a very soft focused sound picture. The work is recorded in the famous Kleinhaus hall in Buffalo but I dare to say that's not because of it's acoustics? Probably because of it's architecture.... Instruments don't have much air around them and the sound is very very warm, it drowns the clarity of the woodwinds. Horns are put very much to the end of the spectrum, not what you'd expect with Bruckner, eh.... sorry Tyberg. Strangely timpani in the first movement sound like some distant thunder with a blanket over your head and only in the 4th movement they get the right precision and nuances.
It's a bold move to present a symphony with a piano sonata on one CD. (Naxos did so too with their recording of Tyberg's 3rd symphony, in that case with a piano trio.) It's a fine work, very well recorded. It's not earth chattering or a revelation but gives a fine impression of Tyberg's craft. That's how I think of him: a fine craftsman, not a creator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellously melodic., 7 Nov 2013
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I came across this c.d only recently and decided to purchase it after reading the reviews and after having purchased and enjoyed Tybergs' 2nd symphony.

I was not disappointed and feel that, in this composer, I have found a new, true genius.

I hope more of his works make it into the repertoire. What a find.
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