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Goldmark: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


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Mainly known today for his violin concerto, during his lifetime the Hungarian composer Karl
Goldmark was praised for the quality of his instrumentation, his skilful use of folk music and his own
Jewish heritage, and his evident gift for melody. The author of several operas, among them The
Queen of Sheba, Goldmark wrote music in most genres, and although largely self-taught he was
sought out as a teacher of composition by Sibelius, among others. Composed in 1875, his ‘Rustic
Wedding’ Symphony was his most popular orchestral work. At the first performance the audience
hailed it as a triumph, and Goldmark’s friend Brahms said about it: ‘clear-cut and faultless, it sprang
into being a finished thing, like Minerva from the head of Jupiter.’ The five-movement symphony has
sometimes been described as a suite of tone poems, including a wedding march with variations
depicting the wedding guests, a nuptial song and a bucolic wedding dance. Even though the work is
now a rarity in concert, conductors such as Sir Thomas Beecham and Leonard Bernstein
demonstrated their belief in it by performing it on many occasions. Composed some ten years later,
Goldmark’s E flat major symphony, Op.35, is far less well-known. Although its form is more
traditional than that of its predecessor, it is similar in mood – bucolic and high-spirited – and provides
rich opportunities to sample Goldmark’s skill as an orchestrator and musical colourist. Performing
these unjustly neglected works is the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – a band which under its
principal conductor Lan Shui has impressed reviewers in repertoire as diverse as Debussy’s La Mer
(‘an unequivocally world-class performance’, BBC Music Magazine), Zhou Long (‘utterly
compulsive… orchestral playing of the highest calibre’, International Record Review) and
Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony (‘a moving, completely satisfying performance’, allmusic.com).
Facts
Item number BIS-1842
Barcode 7318599918426
Release date 7/30/2013
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Shui, Lan
Orchestra Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
1 Symphony No. 1, Op. 26, "Ländliche Hochzeit" (Rust 00:17:00 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
2 Symphony No. 1, Op. 26, "Ländliche Hochzeit" (Rust 00:03:51 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
3 Symphony No. 1, Op. 26, "Ländliche Hochzeit" (Rust 00:04:42 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphony No. 1, Op. 26, "Ländliche Hochzeit" (Rust 00:09:39 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
5 Symphony No. 1, Op. 26, "Ländliche Hochzeit" (Rust 00:08:10 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
6 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro 00:10:12 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
7 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: II. Andant 00:08:41 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
8 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: III. Alleg 00:05:57 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
9 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: IV. Andant 00:06:37 Shui, Lan Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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