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Goldmark: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 1 / Bollon, Bamberger Symphoniker

Release Date: 11/02/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555160  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Before the Austro-Hungarian composer Carl Goldmark conquered the international concert halls and opera houses with his Ländliche Hochzeit and Queen of Sheba, he initially attracted attention with some chamber compositions. When his overture after the drama Sakuntula by the great Indian poet Kâlidâsa then celebrated its premiere in Vienna in December 1865, the news of this masterfully designed, tonally beautiful music spread like wildfire beyond his home terrain. In view of this trailblazing success it is not surprising that Goldmark repeatedly returned to the overture form during the course of the next twenty-five years or so. Examples here include his reflections on the tragedies involving Penthesilea, the Queen of the Read more Amazons (after Heinrich von Kleist), and the Greek poetess Sappho (after Franz Grillparzer) in one-movement works that may very much be termed variants of the symphonic poem. The three female protagonists of Goldmark’s overtures are heard here along with his two Scherzos for Orchestra – works in which the composer reveals his flirtatious side. Read less

Customer Reviews

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 Master of short form composition May 20, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Before I received this release, I really only knew two works by Karl Goldmark - his Rustic Wedding Symphony, and his First Violin Concerto. CPO's new series of Goldmark Symphonic Poems is a welcome addition. Goldmark was a friend of Brahms and an admirer of Wagner. Both those influences can be heard in this collection of symphonic poems. The Scherzo in E minor, Op. 19, and the Scherzo in A major, Op. 45 owe more to Brahms (with a touch of Hungarian folk music). Both pieces work out their motifs in a logical fashion as Brahms might. On the other hand, Goldmark's symphonic poems with evocative titles show more Wagnerian influence. Sappho, Op. 44. for example, begins quietly with a harp, suggesting a lyre of ancient Greece. The melody gradually builds, reaching a dramatic contrast. From there, the motifs are tossed around, with an ever-insistent chromatic rising in the harmonies. The Bamberger Symphoniker directed by Fabrice Bollon perform well. They give spirited readings that bring out the dramatic arch of these poems. Goldmark seems quite at home in these short-form works. I look forward to Volume 2." Report Abuse
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