EMILIE MAYER (1812-1883): Symphonies No. 1 in C Minor and No. 2 in E Minor.
Catalogue Number: 07W001
Reference: 555 293-2
Description: Thanks to this new release we now have half of this remarkable woman composer’s symphonies on disc (for Nos. 4 and 5, see 10U001and 07M001). Mayer wrote her eight symphonies between 1845/46 and (at the latest) 1857. Her first two date from her Stettin study years with Carl Loewe. This period lasted from 1842 to the beginning of 1847, but she hardly would have ventured to write such works at the beginning of these study years with Loewe. The Symphony No. 1 very much leads one to believe that it may have been something like a final examination piece with which she concluded her instruction from him. She quite ostentatiously constructs classical models, displays her modulatory talent, demonstrates her rich formal imagination, exhibits her command of double counterpoint, and works through tonal intricacies with sovereign control (last movement) – and does it all with unrivaled mastery. In the Symphony No. 2 Emilie Mayer emancipates herself from models and pursues completely new, Romantic paths, above all in dramaturgical development within the compass of the large form. NDR Radiophilharmonie; Leo McFall.