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Woyrsch: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 / Dorsch, North German Radio Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555063  
Composer:  Felix Woyrsch
Conductor:  Thomas Dorsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a composer coping with the symphonic legacy of Beethoven, Handel, and Brahms, it was difficult for Felix Woyrsch to develop his own idea of the symphony, especially since he did not aspire to break with the past but sought a negotiable path on which he could continue the symphonic tradition of the nineteenth century in his own personal way. However, our previous two releases featuring this composer’s symphonies clearly show that he belonged to a generational group including Richard Wetz, Wilhelm Berger, Felix Weingartner, and Paul Juon whose members exercised due caution in the further development of the classical-romantic tradition, each one in his own way, and specifically enriched the generic history of the symphony with important Read more nuances. Woyrsch’s Symphony No. 4 is about the same length as his third such work but in contrast to it built on melodic ideas of greater concision not rarely generating sharp contrasts within a short space. It is a work of abrupt changes and unforeseen modulations. In his Symphony No. 5 Woyrsch very much continues on the path taken by him in his earlier symphonies, though here he presents his ideas in extraordinarily concentrated form. He prescribes an orchestral ensemble almost just as large as the one in the fourth symphony but its dimensions are clearly more compact. “And again something of compelling force emanates from this music.” (klassik-heute). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 4 in F Major, Op. 71 by Felix Woyrsch
Conductor:  Thomas Dorsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
2.
Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 75 by Felix Woyrsch
Conductor:  Thomas Dorsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
3.
Scenes of Goethe's Faust: Garden Scene by Felix Woyrsch
Conductor:  Thomas Dorsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 

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