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Garofalo: Romantic Symphony, Violin Concerto / Spiegelman, Stadler

Garofalo / Stadler / Spiegelman / Moscow So
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570877   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Performer:  Sergei Stadler
Conductor:  Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The "Romantic" symphony by Carlo Garofalo (1886-1962) was revived under Joel Spiegelman in Moscow in June, 1994; this was only the second time that the 40-minute-long composition (admired by Toscanini and Nikisch) had been performed. It requires a large orchestra, and in overall structure, sonority, and instrumentation it's frequently suggestive of Bruckner. The opening Largo sets a mood of deep concentration and leads to a sonata-form Allegro moderato. The slow movement (Andante) is placed second, before a massive Scherzo (where Bruckner's influence comes most strongly to the fore) and a tripartite finale. The symphony ends as it began, in a mood of static contemplation.

Also receiving its world-premiere
Read more recording here is Garofalo's violin concerto, which soloist Sergei Stadler plays with insight, energy, and impressive skill. It's an equally lavish and expansive piece, cast in characteristically Germanic colors and with an extravagantly difficult solo part. Both works receive fine performances, and the level of commitment and attentiveness that Spiegelman secures from his players guarantees a compelling and fascinating listening experience. The 1999 recording from the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall has rich amplitude and abundant orchestral detailing, though Stadler's violin is closely miked and the orchestral brass can be overpowering in fortissimos.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the original release of this title, Marco Polo 8225183] Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin by Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Performer:  Sergei Stadler (Violin)
Conductor:  Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Romantic Symphony of St. Louis by Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Conductor:  Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto: II. Andante
Violin Concerto: III. Molto sostenuto - Allegro quasi presto
Romantic Symphony: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Romantic Symphony: II. Andante
Romantic Symphony: III. Scherzo: Vivace
Romantic Symphony: IV. Finale: Molto sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Molto sostenuto

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