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A Mix of Brahms Schumann Schmidt early Strauss,
This review is from: Sym/Seejungfraeulein (Audio CD)
For admirers of the byways of classical music around the turn of the 1900s this is a release for you. It's not always fair to compare a composer with others and it's certainly not fair to look for (more famous?) composers who could have motivated Eugene D'Albert to write good and sometimes great music. His opera Tiefland is, for me, a great verismo-like work, Die toten Augen a very interesting opera (CPO recorded that one too) and now you've the opportunity to hear his symphony and a very beautiful scena (orchestral song) for soprano and orchestra which rivals and complements Richard Strauss' songs in this genre. The symphony is a long work, 50 minutes, but I had no problem keeping concentrated. It takes it's time laying out all it's hidden tunes, it's not very tuneful on first hearing, be warned!, but you'll get rewarded playing this music 3 or 4 times in a week.
The other big surprise on this excellent disc is the playing of the Osnabruck Symphony orchestra. Is this the same orchestra which sounded so under rehearsed, thinnish and false (trumpets!) on recent disc of Foersters' symphonies on the MDG label I wondered. Yes it is! Here they play very very good, maybe they got more rehearsal time or they like the music much better, I don't know, chapeau for them. And the recording of this orchestra is very fine produced too, much much better than the MDG disc, timpanis are clear, violins nicely bloomed, I like it.