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Volbach: Syphony, Op. 33 & Es waren zwei Konigskinder / Berg, Munster Symphony


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777886  
Composer:  Fritz Volbach
Conductor:  Golo Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munster Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since 2017 Golo Berg has been the general music director of the Munster Symphony Orchestra, which was founded by the composer Fritz Volbach in 1919. It was only logical that Berg would also occupy himself with the composer around this centennial year, and Volbach turned out to be a significant personality both as a musicologist and as a composer. Berg and cpo both were surprised by the originality and high quality of these works. During the first decade of the twentieth century Volbach’s name continued to be thoroughly familiar to people who were interested in music; his works were regularly included in programs, but then they were forgotten somewhat. Volbach’s most popular works included the Symphonic Poem “Es waren zwei Konigskinder” Read more based on the famous folk ballad of the same name. Like Richard Strauss in Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Volbach drew on this universally familiar material of folk character in response to the turn-of-the-century predilection for German tales and sagas. He attached great importance to clear structure and an intelligible musical realization, so that the story of the two enamored but unlucky royal children can be imagined without difficulty. The subsequently composed Symphony in B minor formed the crowning conclusion of Volbach’s instrumental music for orchestral ensembles. It represents, so to speak, the “royal category” at the end of his development inasmuch as his aim in this form was to demonstrate his true mastery as a composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Es waren zwei Königskinder, Op. 21 by Fritz Volbach
Conductor:  Golo Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munster Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Germany 
2.
Symphony in B Minor, Op. 33 by Fritz Volbach
Conductor:  Golo Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munster Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Germany 

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