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Jan Van Gilse: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Porcelijn, Netherlands So


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777349   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Van Gilse
Conductor:  David Porcelijn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are two well-upholstered Dutch late-romantic symphonies.

Van Gilse, who was born in Rotterdam, wrote four symphonies of which these first two echo with the influences of the great Austro-Germanic classics: notably Bruckner and Brahms. That these voices should be so deeply bound up in these works is no surprise as he studied in Cologne with Franz Wullner and worked for many years in Bremen and Munich.

The writing in the First Symphony is satisfyingly rounded and honours the classical styles of Brahms 1 and 4 and Schumann 3 and 4. The finale is an Allegro con spirito and lives up to the name in both roseate warmth and a certain glowing confidence. The Second Symphony is in three movements. Its initial Andante
Read more - Allegro energico is sanguine, sunny and stormy. Its sometimes celebratory tone recalls a hybrid of Glazunov and Brahms. Indeed it is Brahms’ Symphonies 2 and 3 that come to mind amid the easy-going seraphic smile of the second movement. This is treasurably satisfying music.

Van Gilse was a man of principle and it cost him dear. He rejected in no uncertain terms various overtures from Germany during the 1930s. He paid the price in neglect when the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands came in 1940. He was active in the resistance as also were other Dutch composers including Lex Van Delden and Rudolf Escher. Van Gilse's two sons were killed by the Nazis and the composer himself died while in hiding in September 1944 and had to be buried under an assumed name.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in F major by Jan Van Gilse
Conductor:  David Porcelijn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 33 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major by Jan Van Gilse
Conductor:  David Porcelijn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 33 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Scheherazade, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Scheherazade, Op. 35: II. Adagio non troppo
Scheherazade, Op. 35: III. Scherzo: Molto allegro con fuoco
Scheherazade, Op. 35: IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
Scheherazade, Op. 35: I. Andante - Allegro energico
Scheherazade, Op. 35: II. Intermezzo: Allegretto grazioso
Scheherazade, Op. 35: III. Finale: Andante molto

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