Friday, February 17, 2017

Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von. (1860-1945) Symphony No. 1 in D minor & Four Songs of Prayers and Repentance after the Words of the Holy Scripture.

From my collection.
Bought in November 2014.
First listen: 20-11-2014.
Second listen: 31-3-2015.
Third listen: 17-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: May 2006.
Recording venue: Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.
Recording engineer: Stephan Reh.
Running time: 68:50.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, "Tragic".  (55:06)
Four Songs of Prayer and Repentance after the Words of the Holy Scripture. (11:44)

O, wie ist die Barmherzigkeit des Herren so Groß.

Willst du Gottes Diener sein.
Alles, was aus der Erde Stammt.
Tod, wie bitter bist du.

Performed by:

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Frank Beermann.
Marina Prudenskaja, Mezzo-Soprano.

I have been a keen admirer of the works written by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek from the moment I heard a few of his symphonies. To learn about this composer, you cannot revert to the booklet, for the overlong piece about this composer is a essay of empty rhetorics, to boost Eckhardt van der Hoogen his ego, but is ultimately a lot of German BlaBla. Better to listen to the music. This long symphony has no specific program, but is rather four movements separate, and each a mikrokosmos. A planet with four large satellites so you will. A late Romantic composer, one could say that "Tragic" is an apt word to describe the Symphony's many melodic entities perfectly adapted to this mood. That is not to say that there are no happy moments throughout, not at all, its just a clever concoction of many different emotions. The writing is of a amazing quality, and shows how good a composer he really is. Using the very best of Mahler and Bruckner, he brings the music to a totally new realm, with the lightness at times of a Mendelssohn. A fascinating journey through a great work of art, really great. And well performed too. Beermann of course is a very experienced conductor in the fields of the unknowns, so he made this venture into a success, for by no means is this an easy work to perform.

The Four Songs are a different kettle of fish altogether, and normally I would not buy this as a separate. As songs they are perfectly written and Prudenskaja does not disappoint, iow, she does not scream the ears from your head. The text is fine too, and it's almost on the same level as the Four letzte lieder by Strauss. Hmmm, enjoyed this more as anticipated. 

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