Friday, November 4, 2016

Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von. (1860-1945) Symphonies.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 3-11-2016.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: September 2010.
Recording venue: Veranstaltungszentrum Forum, Chemnitz, Germany.
Recording engineer: Stephan Reh.
Running time: 71:14.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No 3 in D major.
No. 4 in F minor.

Performed by:
Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, Frank Beermann.

I am collecting Reznicek's music ever since CPO started to record it. And with good reason! For I hold him to be one of the best composers in my collection. He is a brilliant orchestrator, a visionary, and a man of deep intelligence and deep spiritual character. All what he writes has the stamp of originality on it, and more than a touch of genius. He is forgotten and neglected for a long time, but that is the loss of the world, if not mine. I celebrate him!
The present works on this CD are powerful in its expression and very tonal at that. Tightly orchestrated, formidable works, and it holds a concise world of his own, totally independent and unique. His strength speaks out loudly with authority, and a determination to reach what he sets out to do. In his music he puts forward bold questions, and gives logical answers. Poetic in intent, with a dash of sentimental longing, rather deep emotions, but not without a touch of ironic humour, some lingering but heartfelt romance, and a tinge of formidable nature, plus a visionary look towards afterlife. The way he creates musical images is beyond believe.
State of the Art sound created by that magician called Stephan Reh. There is immense depth, excellent detailing, and a pristine front to back image.
Recommended.





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