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Woyrsch: Symphony No. 1, Op. Import


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MD & G
  • ASIN: B0000021GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Symphonic Prologue To Dante's 'Divina Commedia' Op.40
2. Sym No.1 in c Op.52: Sehr Massig Bewegt
3. Sym No.1 in c Op.52: Sehr Langsam
4. Sym No.1 in c Op.52: In Ruhig Schreitender Bewegung/Schnell Und Leicht
5. Sym No.1 in c Op.52: Sehr Langsam/Sehr Bewegt

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When I first heard this disc, I was unimpressed, finding the lyricism and orchestration unremarkable. Over time, however, it has grown on me to the point where I'd like to hear more by Woyrsch.
Make no mistake, this is SERIOUS music. Woyrsch appears to consider music an important calling and is not interested in cheap effects or showy tunes. There is a stern, but straightforward and honest, character to both these pieces which is both a strength and a weakness. Woyrsch keeps his materials strictly under control, which avoids the annoying excess one finds in, say Strauss. On the other hand, he also misses the wonderful sense of being carried aloft that etter composers get when they let their material free. This music is earthbound, but has the rugged appeal of a mountain--just not the grandeur of the Alps.
What does it sound like specifically, you ask? Well, the orchestration doesn't move past a Brahms orchestra, but this doesn't sound like Brahms to me because it eschews his warmth. I hear elements of Bruckner, Smetana and a VERY serious Mendelssohn although you'd never confuse Woyrsch with any of those composers. Generally, the music is slow and is comprised of fairly short motives which do not stretch one's imagination rhythmically. Woyrsch clearly appreciates Bach, because counterpoint plays a large part in this music which frequently veers off into fugato passages that I kept hoping would go on longer. There are also a LOT of echoes of Lutheran chorales in this music. There are some truly beautiful passages.
This is a disc for the adventurous which does repay on repeated hearings, but it probably isn't for everyone. The lack of lighter moods for contrast means on must be in the proper frame of mind to enjoy it.
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By A Customer on April 16 2000
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If you wished to hear a fifth Brahm's symphony, only more modern and romantic, you need search no further. This is exciting and melodic, romantic and accessible music. I agree with the previous reviewer who laments that more of this music should be heard on radio and at the concert hall.
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By A Customer on June 6 1999
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Felix Woyrsch wrote wonderful music which is, however, only known by few. I visited the concert live and it was fantastic. Why does everyone prefer to listen to the same things again and again instead of music like this? Felix Woyrsch was, in his time, very revolutionary. I miss hearing his music on the radio. If I hadn't bought the CD already, I would order it immediately!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not great, but intriguing May 8 2001
By Evan Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this disc, I was unimpressed, finding the lyricism and orchestration unremarkable. Over time, however, it has grown on me to the point where I'd like to hear more by Woyrsch.
Make no mistake, this is SERIOUS music. Woyrsch appears to consider music an important calling and is not interested in cheap effects or showy tunes. There is a stern, but straightforward and honest, character to both these pieces which is both a strength and a weakness. Woyrsch keeps his materials strictly under control, which avoids the annoying excess one finds in, say Strauss. On the other hand, he also misses the wonderful sense of being carried aloft that etter composers get when they let their material free. This music is earthbound, but has the rugged appeal of a mountain--just not the grandeur of the Alps.
What does it sound like specifically, you ask? Well, the orchestration doesn't move past a Brahms orchestra, but this doesn't sound like Brahms to me because it eschews his warmth. I hear elements of Bruckner, Smetana and a VERY serious Mendelssohn although you'd never confuse Woyrsch with any of those composers. Generally, the music is slow and is comprised of fairly short motives which do not stretch one's imagination rhythmically. Woyrsch clearly appreciates Bach, because counterpoint plays a large part in this music which frequently veers off into fugato passages that I kept hoping would go on longer. There are also a LOT of echoes of Lutheran chorales in this music. There are some truly beautiful passages.
This is a disc for the adventurous which does repay on repeated hearings, but it probably isn't for everyone. The lack of lighter moods for contrast means on must be in the proper frame of mind to enjoy it. Still, it's nice to hear a composer who refuses to compose down to his audience.
The performances are OK, although I felt that the conductor and orchestra might have benefited with more familiarity with the music. MDG's sound is top-notch, however, as are the notes they provide. Woyrsch wrote seven symphonies, according to the notes. Perhaps MDG or another label will favor us with another disc. I'd be intrigued to hear if Felix ever felt less moody!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lovely but sadly not known by many June 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Felix Woyrsch wrote wonderful music which is, however, only known by few. I visited the concert live and it was fantastic. Why does everyone prefer to listen to the same things again and again instead of music like this? Felix Woyrsch was, in his time, very revolutionary. I miss hearing his music on the radio. If I hadn't bought the CD already, I would order it immediately!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
another lost masterwork--recovered April 16 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you wished to hear a fifth Brahm's symphony, only more modern and romantic, you need search no further. This is exciting and melodic, romantic and accessible music. I agree with the previous reviewer who laments that more of this music should be heard on radio and at the concert hall.

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