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Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 4 [Import]

Kohler , Staatsphilharmonie Rheindland-Pfalz , Friedrich Gernsheim Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Seiner theueren Mutter'), Op. 32: Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Seiner theueren Mutter'), Op. 32: Larghetto
3. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Seiner theueren Mutter'), Op. 32: Scherzo. Vivace
4. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Seiner theueren Mutter'), Op. 32: Allegro moderato assai
5. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major ('Der philharmonischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg'), Op. 46: Allegro tranquillo
6. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major ('Der philharmonischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg'), Op. 46: Tarantella. Molto allegro e con fuoco
7. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major ('Der philharmonischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg'), Op. 46: Notturno. Andante
8. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major ('Der philharmonischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg'), Op. 46: Finale. Poco animato e sempre più - Allegro
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ('Mirjam'), Op. 54: Allegro ma non troppo ('In der Knechtschaft')
2. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ('Mirjam'), Op. 54: Molto adagio ('Mirjams Gesang')
3. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ('Mirjam'), Op. 54: Molto vivace ('Die Flucht')
4. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ('Mirjam'), Op. 54: Allegro con brio ('Freiheit; Sieges- und Freudengesänge')
5. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 62: Allegro
6. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 62: Andante sostenuto
7. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 62: Vivace scherzando e con grazia
8. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 62: Allegro con spirito e giocoso

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Ddd. Lost in the Imposing Shadow of his Great Contemporary and Friend, Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Gernsheim Deserves an Appropriate Role in Musichistory and his Most Important Works Ought to Be Revived. This is a Recording of his Four Symphonies Conducted by Siegfried Kohler.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating, astounding, amazing Jan. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you like to delve into hitherto little-know regions of the repertoire, you are often pleasantly surprised by what you find and dismayed at the lack of exposure of so much great music. Over the years, I discovered Joachim Raff, I found Joseph Marx and Sergei Taneyev. However, I set out with little expectations when I'd purchased this set for a ridiculously low amount of money. I had never, ever expected to find anything of the quality that is present on this set.
This is not just great music, it is testimony to an inspired, inventive and incredibly talented composer whose neglect should end here and now. Gernsheims acquiantance with Brahms and their different musical fates are recalled in the (excellent) liner notes. Whilst Brahms supremacy is easily explained from historical reasons, the difference between his fame and Gernsheim's obscurity is altogether more difficult to fathom if you listen to the latter's work. All four of these symphonies are better than Brahms' third, and I would rate Gernsheim's second symphony above any of Brahms's (don't be fooled by its rather prosaic-sounding title).
Köhler and the Rheinland-Pfalz Orchestra play impeccably and do these complicated scores full justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Off The Beaten Path And Well Worth The Listen Oct. 2 2003
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Fate can be both kind and cruel. It throws into obscurity mediocre composers who deserve it and sadly talented ones who did not. Freidrich Gernsheim (1839-1916) is among the later and this very fine and relatively inexpensive 2 cd set should do much to bring him out of obscurity.
Gernsheim was a friend and champion of Brahms while being aquainted with Lalo, Saint-Saens and Rossini. Among his students was Humperdinck. His 4 symphonies were written between 1875 and 1895 and are in the late Romantic style of the time. If Bruch, Brahms, Dvorak or Schumann appeal to you then you will find much to enjoy in these symphonies. He has a fine gift for melody (just listen to the fine melody for clarinet in the "Notturno" of the 2nd Symphony)and a firm grasp of the late 19th century's ever evolving styles of orchestration. They may not be as over powering as those of his friend Brahm's but they are solid works on their own that are well worth the listen.
The performances by Köhler and the Rhineland-Pfalz State Philharmonic are all that one could ask for and Arte Nova's recording captures it all quite nicely. If you are interested in the music of the late 19th Century Romantic composers then these symphonies should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Genius July 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
As soon as Symphony No1 commenced I knew here was music by a genius. The texture, the working of themes and the superb command of the orchestra reveals a composer on a par with Schuman and Brahms. Why has the man been so ignored ? Buy this and you will experience one the great moments in symphonic music.
The orchestra and Conductor deserve special thanks for their superb rendition of these truelly great works.
A MUST buy for any classical music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of the Highest Quality Sept. 23 2005
By Brent D. Lautenschlegar - Published on Amazon.com
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I am compelled to write this review today not just because I recently listened to the 3rd symphony of Friedrich Gernsheim and find it to be of the highest quality, but because I am also struck by the uncanny resemblance to Brahms. Many Romantic-era composers have had aspects of their music compared to his, but in Gernsheim I hear more than just the sharing of a musical milieu. The very shape of the musical phrases, the orchestration (though slightly more adventurous), the modulation of dynamics, and the process of thematic development are highly like that of Brahms. Not since I first listened to the symphony of Hans Rott have I been so surprised by the sameness of the music produced by two composers, though on repeated hearings of the former I find less similarity to Mahler than on early listenings.

Brahms is one of those composers who has made me so glad to have invested my time in actively listening to classical music. Despite being bored by the highly-regarded 2nd symphony, I consider his 1st, 3rd, and 4th to be among the greatest of musical compositions. And here comes Gernsheim, using not just the language of Brahms, but very nearly producing music of equivalent quality. Given that he produced 4 symphonies, it is like discovering Brahms all over again. Recommended without reservation.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Genius July 10 2003
By Paul Grainger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As soon as Symphony No1 commenced I knew here was music by a genius. The texture, the working of themes and the superb command of the orchestra reveals a composer on a par with Schuman and Brahms. Why has the man been so ignored ? Buy this and you will experience one the great moments in symphonic music.
The orchestra and Conductor deserve special thanks for their superb rendition of these truelly great works.
A MUST buy for any classical music lover.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating, astounding, amazing Jan. 14 2004
By I. J. J. Nieuwland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like to delve into hitherto little-know regions of the repertoire, you are often pleasantly surprised by what you find and dismayed at the lack of exposure of so much great music. Over the years, I discovered Joachim Raff, I found Joseph Marx and Sergei Taneyev. However, I set out with little expectations when I'd purchased this set for a ridiculously low amount of money. I had never, ever expected to find anything of the quality that is present on this set.
This is not just great music, it is testimony to an inspired, inventive and incredibly talented composer whose neglect should end here and now. Gernsheims acquiantance with Brahms and their different musical fates are recalled in the (excellent) liner notes. Whilst Brahms supremacy is easily explained from historical reasons, the difference between his fame and Gernsheim's obscurity is altogether more difficult to fathom if you listen to the latter's work. All four of these symphonies are better than Brahms' third, and I would rate Gernsheim's second symphony above any of Brahms's (don't be fooled by its rather prosaic-sounding title).
Köhler and the Rheinland-Pfalz Orchestra play impeccably and do these complicated scores full justice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First symphonies in the shadow of Beethoven April 26 2006
By D. M. Brokaw - Published on Amazon.com
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Of Brahms' first symphony (1876), with its (too?) striking similarity to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme in the fourth movement, Johannes defended against his critics: "Any horse's arse knows that!" In a more subtle way, Friedrich Gernsheim's first symphony (1875) echoes the purely orchestral textures and figurations of Beethoven, but without cashing in on a tune that everybody could already whistle. I love Brahms too- don't make faces now. Is it a wonder then, that these two men who were friends premiered their 1st symphonies 1 year apart, both of which grappled with the legacy of writing a symphony after Beethoven? Well, Gernsheim's orchestral writing is just as polyphonically well-crafted and gratifying to repeated listening as Brahms, and I can't understand his neglect. His music is completely accessible, structurally sound, and musically interesting and not to mention the fact it sounds like Brahms wrote 4 more symphonies with little hints of Beethoven: a perfect recipe!!!

The four symphonies fully deserve equal time with Brahms, and I hope to hear him occassionally in the concert hall in place of all those other musical chestnuts. (Incidentally, I was reading that Claudio Arrau used to play some piano pieces of Gernsheim's in his early touring days.) No major issues with this recording. Bottom line: if you like Brahms, Gernsheim deserves a place in your collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There are great symphonies then there are good symphonies Dec 18 2009
By Keon Garraway - Published on Amazon.com
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These symphonies are solidly good.
1.The first Symphony is Schumannesque with a Beethovian Scherzo.

2. The Second Symphony is Brahmsian and is akin to Brahm's second symphony. Even the opening with the French Horns is reminiscient of the beginnings of Brahms 2nd Symphony. The last movement is just as similar to the last movement of Brahm's second but without the audacious flare and fire of Brahms.

3. The third Symphony is Mendelsohhnian but with enough Gernsheim originality to make it worth listening.

4. The fourth symphony seems harkens back to Schubert's 6th Symphony "Little C" and is quite akin to Herzogenberg's second symphony in the same key. The symphony is joyous, exuberant and sparkling, but not wild.

In summing it up, Gernsheim wrote the best symphonies he could, and these symphonies turned out to be solid symphonies. Don't expect Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert of Beethoven, but expect their influences.
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