Outstanding!August 21, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"This disk provides convincing evidence of what a good German regional orchestra can do with high quality European repertoire, even if it is largely unknown here in the United States. Josef Foerster was a Czech composer whose productive career generally occurred after that of Dvorak, and although his style contains large doses of that gorgeous Czech national style, there are some noticeable differences compared to, for instance, Dvorak and Smetana. In these 2 excellent symphonies, one does not encounter thematic material extensively derived from Czech folk influences, as in the case of his two more famous countrymen. Foerster's Symphonies # 3 and 4, presented here, are conservatively structured, with brilliant orchestration throughout, almost as though he were invoking the methodologies of Brahms and emphasizing a more abstract compositional philosophy, again relative to Dvorak and Smetana. But make no mistake about it... this is Czech music through and through, and it's great material. The Osnabruck Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hermann Baumer do a splendid job with these very high quality symphonies, as does MD&G's audio engineers. Thoroughly enjoyable and very highly recommended."Report Abuse
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