EMIL NIKOLAUS VON REZNICEK (1860-1945): Symphony No. 1 "Tragic", 4 Buß- und Betgesänge for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 02K002

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 223

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: This large-scale work of some 56 minutes dates from 1902. Unlike many of his tone-poems which have appeared recently in cpo's series, you won't find much evidence of Richard Strauss here. Bruckner in some of the massive climaxes of the first movement, Reznicek's own Donna Diana overture in the fleet and captivating scherzo, perhaps some very slightly Mahlerian overtones in the deeply intimate adagio (but the tradition of Tchaikovsky and the German Romantics is equally in play) before what the composer himself describes as a chaotic finale: "Apocalyptic nocturnal landscapes over which endless thunderstorms rage, flashes of lighting and horrifying silence..." and more. It is here where one suspects that Reznicek's compositional tongue was again in cheek, as in his tone poems, but one can hear this music "straight" as well. The four songs (1913) are rather like Reznicek's own Four Serious Songs. No texts. Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo), Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt; Frank Beerman.

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