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Mielck: Symphony In F Minor, Konzertstuck / Oramo, Storgards


Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1019   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernst Mielck
Performer:  John Storgårds
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In an earlier review of Ernst Mielck's F minor symphony on the Sterling label, I wondered what a truly world-class orchestra would make of the piece. Although the Finnish Radio Symphony doesn't quite belong in the company of the Cleveland Orchestra or Vienna Philharmonic, it nonetheless is one of Europe's better ensembles, and the difference in performance quality is readily discernible, not least in the brass section, which here plays with stirring confidence and virtuosity. The percussion also boldly presents itself, with powerful bass drum rolls faithfully conveyed by Ondine's wide-ranging recording--a dramatic improvement over Sterling's rather dim one. Sakari Oramo's conducting also is more incisive, bringing driving intensity to the Read more grim first movement and a certain swagger to the boisterous finale.

Mielck's Concert Piece also receives a fine reading from violinist John Storgards and company, although some listeners will prefer the more substantial (and more involving) Piano Concerto coupling on Sterling to this slight (15 minutes) yet touching and tuneful work. However, the symphony is the main interest, and for that Ondine's exciting recording is unquestionably first choice.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony in F minor, Op. 4 by Ernst Mielck
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Finland 
2. Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 8 by Ernst Mielck
Performer:  John Storgårds (Violin)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 

Sound Samples

Symphony in F minor, Op. 4, "Fairy Tale Symphony": I. Andante maestoso - Allegro energico
Symphony in F minor, Op. 4, "Fairy Tale Symphony": II. Allegro non troppo
Symphony in F minor, Op. 4, "Fairy Tale Symphony": III. Andante cantabile
Symphony in F minor, Op. 4, "Fairy Tale Symphony": IV. Finale: Allegro
Konzertstuck in D major, Op. 8

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