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Serebrier: Symphony No 2, Etc / José Serebrier, London Po


Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559303   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  José Serebrier
Performer:  Gonzalo Acosta
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc, originally released by Reference Recordings but now appearing on Naxos, remains a lot of fun, even if the music is somewhat uneven in quality. The main offering, José Serebrier's Partita (subtitled Symphony No. 2), dates from around 1960. It's marvelous: brilliantly scored, Latin-influenced in a completely natural, kitsch-free way, and featuring a second-movement funeral march that'll blow your speakers apart if you're not careful. You'll love it. The Fantasia for strings is an orchestral arrangement of a string quartet, and it's similarly full of bouncing rhythms and expressive tunes.

I found less to hold my attention in the Sonata for solo violin simply because the medium seems somewhat out of place in an
Read more orchestral collection such as this one, but I have no doubt that the work will be of interest to violinists looking for something to do by themselves aside from Bach and Bartók. As for Winterreise, this late work is a sort of musical collage, paying homage to Haydn's "Winter" from The Seasons, as well as to music from Glazunov's ballet of the same title. It's fluff, but highly entertaining fluff.

As might be expected, the composer leads the London Philharmonic in smashing performances of the three orchestral works; Gonzalo Acosta masters the difficulties of the solo violin sonata with aplomb, and the recording is the last word in high fidelity.

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

1.
Symphony no 2 "Partita" by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Engla 
Length: 28 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England (03/09/1999 - 03/10/1999) 
2.
Fantasia for Strings by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Engla 
Length: 12 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England (03/09/1999 - 03/10/1999) 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo, Op. 1 by José Serebrier
Performer:  Gonzalo Acosta (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Engla 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England (03/09/1999 - 03/10/1999) 
4.
Winterreise by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Engla 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England (03/09/1999 - 03/10/1999) 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2, "Partita": I. Prelude
Symphony No. 2, "Partita": II. Funeral March, "Poema elegiaco"
Symphony No. 2, "Partita": III. Interlude
Symphony No. 2, "Partita": IV. Fugue
Fantasia: (version for string orchestra)
Violin Sonata
Winterreise

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