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Ernst Krenek: Complete Symphonies

Krenek / Nrd Radiophilharmonie Hannover / Francis
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777695   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Nikolai SchneiderVolker WorlitzschDimitar Penkov
Conductor:  Takao UkigayaAlun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you’re up for the challenge, this admirable collection, well played and directed by two intrepid conductors and a game ensemble of Hannoverians, delivers the goods.

Let’s not kid ourselves: Krenek is not exactly an ingratiating composer, and these are works for hard-core collectors only. His style is for the most part harsh and acerbic, moving from the angular chromaticism with light popular music influences of his First Symphony, through serialism, to a kind of free atonality in the Fifth. Significantly, he composed no further symphonies after 1949, although he lived until 1991. This makes him a kind of avatar of the 20th century musical crisis, and an important figure historically, but is the music enjoyable? That
Read more of course is a purely subjective question, but without doubt one that will require a measure of concentration and endurance that I suspect may be too much for many listeners. That said, if you’re up for the challenge, this admirable collection, well played and directed by two intrepid conductors and a game ensemble of Hannoverians, delivers the goods.

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

1.
Symphony no 1, Op. 7 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 5, Op. 119 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1949; USA 
3.
Symphony no 2, Op. 12 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
4.
Symphony no 3, Op. 16 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Austria 
5.
Potpourri, Op. 54 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
6.
Symphony no 4, Op. 113 by Ernst Krenek
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Concerto Grosso, Op. 25 by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Nikolai Schneider (Cello), Volker Worlitzsch (Violin), Dimitar Penkov (Viola)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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