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5.0 out of 5 stars The world of minor poets, 25 May 2013
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When looking at the blazing glories of the fin-de-siecle XIX one is apt to forget that there were a host of minor composers whose achievement, though not as impressive, laid the substrate for the Mahlers and the Strausses. Big orchestras, wonderful sweeps of orchestral colour, innovations in form. Magnard is one of those minor poets who deserves to be heard much more and I listened entranced to Sanderling's exposition with the Malmo SO. Warm playing, excellent choice of tempi, a good appreciation of dramatic structure. One only wishes that Magnard had followed his model Beethoven more closely and only written that which was strictly necessary.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 00:36:04 BDT
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P. Winterton says:
I am pleased you enjoyed these lovely works but I cannot agree that Beethoven should always be the reference point of comparison for all symphonists since 1827. One of my great pleasures experienced during my 30 years in depth study of late 19th century and 20th century symphonic works from a very long list of composers is that much of it is far removed from the Beethoven cycle of Symphonies and for me,vastly more interesting.

Peter Winterton
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