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Czerny: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Nowak, Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 19419  
Composer:  Carl Czerny
Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a re-release of an SWRmusic-Bestseller, once again available. It contains Czerny's Symphony No.2 as well as the only available recording of the Symphony No.6. Both symphonies are charming, elegant works full of wit and grace, showing clearly that Czerny was not only a gifted composer of piano etudes. These works are performed here by the SWR Rundfunk- Orchester Kaiserslautern conducted by esteemed conductor Grzegorz Nowak. Grzegorz Nowak started his international career in 1984 as winner of the Ernest Ansermet Conducting Competition in Geneva. Since then he has been a guest conductor of famous orchestras in all parts of the world, and held positions with the German Chamber Orchestra, the National Opera in Warsaw, and more. Read more Currently, he is the Music Director of the Metamorphosis Concert Foundation in Edmonton and the Sinfonia Helvetica. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in G minor by Carl Czerny
Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 781 by Carl Czerny
Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Better than expected April 11, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Czerny could produce, and produce quickly. Pianist John Field wrote that he had models of all kinds of passagework, figurations, etc. Pieces were produced section by section, just fitting the passages together. So what do these paint-by-number symphonies sound like? Actually, they sound pretty good. Czerny's Grande Symphony No. 2 is a model of late-classical/early romantic construction. To my ears, it seemed to resemble Schubert or Mendelssohn more than Beethoven. The 1854 Symphony No. 6 is leaner and more tightly organized than Symphony No. 2. It also seems to be a more personal work, somehow. Grzegorz Nowak has researched Czerny and was responsible for the first concert performance of the Sixth Symphony. These are knowledgeable, unapologetic performances of these finely-crafted works. Make no mistake: Czerny isn't about to knock Schubert or Beethoven off their pedestals. But these are compelling symphonies that can both excite and delight. And they definitely deserve to be heard." Report Abuse
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