JOSEF RHEINBERGER (1839-1901): Wallenstein, Op. 10, Prelude to the Opera Die sieben Raben, Op. 20, Overture Zähmung der Widerspenstigen, Op. 18, Overture Demetrius, Op. 110, Akademische Ouvertüre, Op. 195, Fantasie for Orchestra, Op. 79, Das Tal des Espingo, Op. 79 and Hymnus an die Tonkunst, Op. 179 for Male Choir and Orchestra (Chorus of St. Hedwigs Cathedral, Berlin).
Catalogue Number: 08M051
Reference: CHE 0153-2
Description: Collectors who missed either of these old recordings which came out on the now-defunct Signum label have a bonanza of rare orchestral music here, the main item being the huge, 55-minute Wallenstein whose composition was plainly inspired by Smetana's Wallenstein's Camp (which was premiered in 1862). In four movements ("Prelude", "Thekla", "Wallenstein's Camp" and "Wallenstein's Death"), the work succeeds both as program music (the third movement scherzo is the most overtly programmatic) and as absolute music. The biggest work on the second disc is the 16-minute Fantasie of 1874 ("Prelude", "Intermezzo" and "Fugue") which is an orchestration of a piano work, possibly inspired by Schumann's piece of the same title. The four overtures and two choral-orchestral pieces are shorter but not less interesting. 2 CDs. Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt; Nikos Athinäos. Original 1994 and 1995 Signum releases.