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This review is from: Tyberg: Symphony No. 2 [Joanne Falletta] [Naxos: 8572822] (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 14 Dec 2013 19:15:06 GMT
Andy Matthews says:
Great review, and a big thank you for putting me on to the music of Wetz!
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