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Felix Draeseke: Complete Symphonies

Draeseke / Ndr Radiophilharmonie Hannover / Weigle
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Let’s get straight to the point: Draeseke was a delightful composer of light and/or comic music. Famous in his lifetime for the excruciatingly serious Christus oratorios, and for his rather anodyne Third Symphony, hopefully nicknamed the “Tragica,” these works, however well made technically, don’t really show him at his best. The First Symphony is an apprentice work of no special character, and the overture to his opera Gudrun is possibly the dullest piece of music ever written, by anyone, for any reason. Trust me on that one. The brief Funeral March also lacks impact and intensity.

No, the real gems here are the Second and Fourth (“Comica”) Symphonies, and the charming Serenade, Op. 49. The Second, although not given a
Read more nickname, is also full of humor, particularly in its witty finale (first sound clip), while the Fourth has a brilliantly funny slow movement subtitled “War of the Flies,” in which a very serious melody is constantly interrupted by those irritating pests, and the cymbal player gets to imitate a fly-swatter. If only Draeseke hadn’t been trapped by the oh so dreary late German attitude towards symphonic music (never mind oratorio).

Be that as it may, even the Tragica is an attractive work: it’s just not terribly tragic, and the performances in this set are uniformly fine–better than the competition on MDG, for sure. The engineering is also quite good, save for some way too close miking in the Serenade which captures the solo violinist’s heavy breathing. If you don’t have this set and want to hear some really good (and really bad) late romantic German symphonic music, give this a shot.

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

1.
Symphony no 1 in G major, Op. 12 by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Germany 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 34 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Symphony No. 4 in E minor / G major, "Symphonia Comica", WoO 38 by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 21 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Gudrun: Overture by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Germany 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 2 in F major, Op. 25 by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870-1876; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1998/11/1999 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 38 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Serenade in D major, Op. 49 by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1998/11/1999 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 26 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 40 "Symphonia tragica" by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997/09/1998 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Funeral March in E minor, Op. 79 by Felix Draeseke
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997/09/1998 
Venue:  Großer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Ni 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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