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Gade: The Symphonies / Jarvi, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Malmo Symphony Orchestra

Gade / Kontra / Malmo Symphony Orchestra / Jarvi
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1835/6  
Composer:  Niels Gade
Performer:  Anton Kontra
Conductor:  Neeme JärviPaavo JärviFrans Rasmussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm SinfoniettaMalmö Symphony OrchestraAarhus Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Niels Gade was a musical conservative, very much of the Mendelssohn school, but he had a distinctive personality and...he knew how to make his music move. These symphonies have good tunes, almost no dead spots, and the Fifth, which has an important concertante part for solo piano, really is an entertaining and original piece by any standard.


At five discs for the price of two, this set is a steal. Neeme Järvi's versions of the eight symphonies are as fine as any available, certainly as good as Hogwood's excellent Chandos set which now costs several times as much. Niels Gade was a musical conservative, very much of the Mendelssohn school, but he had a distinctive
Read more personality and, more to the point, he knew how to make his music move. These symphonies have good tunes, almost no dead spots, and the Fifth, which has an important concertante part for solo piano, really is an entertaining and original piece by any standard. Järvi secures crisp, lively playing from the Stockholm Sinfonietta; there isn't a weak performance in the lot.

The Violin Concerto is also a fine, unaccountably neglected piece, very well played by Anton Kontra (of the eponymous quartet fame). Its central Andantino espressive really is a gem, but then the entire piece has a formal compactness and confidence typical of Gade. The Crusaders (featuring the Aarhus Symphony under Frans Rasmussen) is an hour-long cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, and it makes a considerable bonus. Of course in today's world it's kind of hard to sympathize with the crusades, or with any piece in which Peter the Hermit is the good guy, but give Gade credit: he gets through the entire Armida/Rinaldo love story in 23 minutes, and it's the best part of the work. Enough talk: just get this box, and your Gade collection will be pretty much complete.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 5 "Paa Sjølunds fagre sletter" by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Denmark 
2. Symphony no 2 in E major, Op. 10 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Copenhagen, Denmark 
3. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 15 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 20 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Copenhagen, Denmark 
5. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 25 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Copenhagen, Denmark 
6. Symphony no 6 in G minor, Op. 32 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Copenhagen, Denmark 
7. Symphony no 7 in F major, Op. 45 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1865; Copenhagen, Denmark 
8. Symphony no 8 in B minor, Op. 47 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Denmark 
9. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 56 by Niels Gade
Performer:  Anton Kontra (Violin)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1880; Denmark 
10. The Crusader, Op. 50 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Frans Rasmussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra,  Canzone Choir,  Da Camera Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1866; Copenhagen, Denmark 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 15: I. Presto
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 15: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 15: III. Allegretto, assai moderato
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 15: IV. Finale: Allegro molto e con fuoco
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: I. Andantino - Allegro vivace e grazioso
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: III. Scherzo: Allegro, ma non troppo e tranquillamente
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: IV. Finale: Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25: I. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 25: IV. Finale: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 32: I. Andantino - Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 32: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 32: III. Allegro moderato ed energico
Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 32: IV. Finale: Andantino quasi allegretto - Allegro vivace e animato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 56: I. Allegro con fuoco
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 56: II. Romanze: Andantino espressivo
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 56: III. Rondo scherzando: Allegro, ma non troppo

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