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Alfano: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Yinon, Et Al


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777080   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franco Alfano
Conductor:  Israel Yinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The rich, impressionistic harmony and sheer atmosphere offer ample compensation, while the slow movement of the Second Symphony really is quite beautiful.

These two symphonies sound very much alike, being big, somewhat formless hunks of glittering orchestration featuring plenty of harp, triangle, glockenspiel, and celesta in an idiom midway between Puccini and Schrecker. Crescendos are almost invariably capped with suspended cymbals, final chords would be nothing without a flourish of tam-tam: in short, it's all very theatrical, very pretty, and great fun. If the tunes were more memorable we would really have something, but the rich, impressionistic harmony and sheer atmosphere offer ample compensation, while the slow
Read more movement of the Second Symphony really is quite beautiful. Heaven knows where the First got its "Classica" nickname: you might as well name your pet goldfish similarly, for all that the term applies to any musical form or function. Israel Yinon does his usual fine job in bringing this rarely-heard music to life, and his Frankfurt forces, aside from a touch of occasionally tepid brass, play with enthusiasm. The sound is just right: warm and full. Now how about the symphonies of Casella?
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E major by Franco Alfano
Conductor:  Israel Yinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (By 1908 - 1910). 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C major by Franco Alfano
Conductor:  Israel Yinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (By 1931 - 1932). 

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