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Weigl: Symphony No. 1 & Pictures and Tales / Bruns, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic

Release Date: 05/17/2019 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5365  
Composer:  Karl Weigl
Conductor:  Jürgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“I have always viewed Dr. Weigl as one of the best composers of the old generation; one of those continuing the illustrious Viennese tradition.” (Arnold Schönberg) In terms of style, with his works linked to basic tonalities, Weigl drew on the sound realm of late Romanticism, from whose aesthetics he never departed in favor of more progressive contemporary trends. The Symphony No. 1 in E major op. 5, written in 1908, is also far removed from any avant-garde experiments in the Romantic tradition, as epitomized among the Austrian composers of that time in the field of the symphony by composers such as Alexander von Zemlinsky, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek or Franz Schmidt. On this release, the work is performed by the formidable Deutsche Read more Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under the baton of Jurgen Bruns. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 5 by Karl Weigl
Conductor:  Jürgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Austria 
Bilder und Geschichten, Op. 2 by Karl Weigl
Conductor:  Jürgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Close to Mahler April 3, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "As I listened to Symphony No. 1 by Karl Weigl, two descriptions came to mind -- post-romantic, pre-Mahler. That last impression isn't historically accurate. Weigl's symphony premiered in 1908; Mahler's Eighth Symphony was completed the year before. And yet stylistically, that was my impression. Karl Weigl, like Gustav Mahler, was a pupil of Robert Fuchs. He also studied privately with Alexander Zemlinsky. Weigl's first symphony is steeped in its richly chromatic and dramatically expressive language. It's a beautiful work, with dense orchestration and fluid harmonies. It's also a somewhat conservative symphony. The material's tightly organized, and well-executed. But I never felt it break through the barriers of the form the way Mahler's works do. To be fair, Weigl was just 27, and perhaps still feeling his way. Taken on its own merits, it's a satisfying listening experience. Even if it does seem more 19th than 20th Century. Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 rounds out the album. Written in fourteen years after the symphony, the work shows how far Weigl progress. It's written for a chamber orchestra, so the overall sound is much leaner. Weigl's harmonies are also thinner, and occasionally oblique. The indefinite tonality and luminous quality of the music reminded me of Debussy. I don't mean that Bilder was an imitation of Debussy's music, but rather both composers seem to come from the same viewpoint (at least in this work). Jürgen Bruns leads the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in solid performances. His straight-forward interpretations make it easy to hear and appreciate Weigl's craftsmanship. Weigl moved in a different creative direction than his former classmate Anton Webern. But it's one that can still bring us pleasure today." Report Abuse
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