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Pals: Symphony No. 1, Fruhling, Herbst, Wieland Der Schmied / Goritzki, Helsingborgs Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 09/07/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555117  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leopold van der Pals was born to a Dutch father and a Danish mother in St. Petersburg and became a cosmopolitan who counted many of Europe’s leading artistic personalities among his acquaintances and studied with Reinhold Glière in Berlin for a few months in 1907. Glière had just written his second symphony and presumably motivated his young pupil to compose his Symphony in F sharp minor, which was premiered with remarkable success by the Berlin Philharmonic. “He already has something to say; he has thoughts and ideas,” as the Signale für die musikalische Welt wrote at the time, and in fact more compositions followed, which – without a cramped quest for originality – represented the very best of modern music. Even then Read more the theosophical movement showed van der Pals a path to follow in the future; its German exponent Rudolf Steiner greatly impressed him, and when Steiner founded the Anthroposophical Society, he espoused this new idea in much of his creative work. His special relationship with nature and its constant changes led to the composition of works such as the two symphonic sketches Frühling und Herbst op. 14 (Spring and Autumn). This highly atmospheric music of individual character situated between neoromanticism, impressionism, and the ecstatic poems of Alexander Scriabin displays the same remarkable organic power and instrumental mastery that also makes the poetic study of the soul in Wieland der Schmied op. 23 (Wieland the Smith) an absolutely fascinating listening experience. Read less

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 Listener-friendly 20th Century music August 7, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "At the turn of the century, a man spent the summer in a small "composing shed" near his house writing his first symphony. It's the story of Gustav Mahler, and also of Leopold van der Pals. Pals had completed studies with Rheinhold Gliere and was inspired to write big works. His first symphony was completed in 1907. Its creation parallels Mahler's first, but that's where the resemblance ends. Pals' symphony is much more modest in scope. This four-movement work shows Pal to have an original voice. Post-romantic chromaticism mixes easily with impressionistic chord structures. It was well-received in its day, which isn't surprising. Pal guides the listener along a carefully delineated path. Unlike the Mahler first, Pals' symphony isn't revelatory, but it's well-constructed. And it's enjoyable to listen to. This release includes other orchestral works written around the same time. Frühling und Herbst (Spring and Autumn) are two tone-poems about seasons transforming from winter to summer (and vice versa). Wieland der Schmied is symphonic prelude based on a play by Friedrich Lienhard. In these works Pals seems closer to Debussy than Mahler in style. The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, directed by Johannes Goritzki give credible performances. The ensemble sound is warm and blended which serve Pals' fluid harmonies well." Report Abuse
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