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
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
Works on This Recording
Symphony in F minor, Op. 4 by Ernst Mielck
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1897; Finland
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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