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Gruenberg: Symphony No 2, Etc / Freeman, Czech National So


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 467   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Gruenberg
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The reasonably experienced listener encountering the music of Louis Gruenberg for the first time is likely at various moments to receive a general impression of artistic kinship with such composers as Szymanowski and Messiaen. Those with a more specialized knowledge of 20th century music may hear a certain affinity with another long neglected creative figure, Igor Markevitch. Better known as a conductor, Markevitch (1912-1983) was widely regarded in the 1930s, by no lesser judges than Bartok and Milhaud, as the outstanding composer of his generation. Markevitch was once described as a "dry mystic", a phrase that might also be used to describe Gruenberg's music. Brought to the United States when he was two, Gruenberg was essentially an Read more American phenomenon. He did do some studying (with Busoni and Koch) and then some teaching and piano-playing in Europe between 1903 and 1919, and one of his most successful dramatic works, The Emperor Jones, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1933, was to achieve a revival in Rome in 1950. But most of his career was spent in the United States, where he was one of the founders of the League of Composers in 1923 and headed the composition department at Chicago Musical College from 1933 to 1936, afterwards moving to California. More pertinently, he devoted much attention to American musical genres, publishing four volumes of spiritual harmonizations, and deriving substantial inspiration from jazz for The Daniel Jazz and several other works. The three works recorded here show relatively little trace of these American resources, fitting for the most part into a broadly European musical tradition that he shared with many compatriots of his generation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2, Op. 43 by Louis Gruenberg
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941/1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999-2001 
Venue:  ICN Recording Studios, Prague 
Length: 29 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Serenade to a Beauteous Lady, Op. 37 by Louis Gruenberg
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999/2001 
Venue:  ICN Recording Studios, Prague 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
The Enchanted Isle, Op. 11 by Louis Gruenberg
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1919/1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999/2001 
Venue:  ICN Recording Studios, Prague 
Length: 16 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2, Op. 43: I. A broad expansive movement
Symphony No. 2, Op. 43: II. Langsam und aushaltend
Symphony No. 2, Op. 43: III. Fantasievoll
Serenade to a Beauteous Lady, Op. 37: V. Marcia
The Enchanted Isle, Op. 11

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