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Fuchs: Serenade Nos. 3, 4 & 5

Robert Fuchs , Christian Ludwig , Cologne Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Cologne Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Christian Ludwig
  • Composer: Robert Fuchs
  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B007C7FFS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A richly endowed composer, selfless teacher, and a rare human being. proclaims Robert Fuchs' memorial stone, and this esteem is reflected in his astonishing roster of pupils Mahler, Sibelius, Wolf and Korngold among them. His own compositions, though, have been overlooked, unaccountably so on the evidence of these lovely Serenades. The Third is quite Brahmsian with a wonderfully bracing Hungarian finale. No. 4 is a highly expressive and richly scored work, whilst No. 5 casts its net yet wider - with anticipations of Mahler, and joyous references to the Vienna of the Strauss family. Serenades Nos. 1 and 2 are available on Naxos. Robert Fuchs was one of the most important of all compositional teachers, but his own works have long been undervalued. Some of the chamber works have begun to receive praise in new recordings, and the Serenades should cement Fuchs' position still further. He shows the influence of Brahms but also seems to foretell something of Mahler (whom he taught) as well. Serenade No 3 has been recorded, along with No 2 and the Andante Grazioso on Ebs, back in 2000. This has received minimal publicity. CPO recorded No 5 back in 2004 but coupled it with Fuchs' Piano Concerto. Our disc focuses on the Serenades in a unique coupling. Currently Principal Conductor of the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, Christian Ludwig served as artistic director of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, conducting the orchestra at major venues in Paris, Munich, Rome and Cologne."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective String Music September 23, 2012
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Fuchs was a respected composer in his day as well as a capable teacher, counting Mahler and Sibelius among his students. Brahms, never an indiscriminate slinger of praise, expressed admiration for his works. He apparently was not much of a self-promoter, however, and his music has since lapsed into obscurity. I've heard his three symphonies and confess I don't think they're much to write home about, but this trio of serenades are definitely worth a listen. To me they are reminiscent of string music by Edward Elgar, though perhaps a bit more meandering. Lacking a strong propulsive sense, they are nonetheless pensive and emotionally probing. Ludwig and the CCO have also previously recorded Fuch's first two serenades plus another string work; both discs are recommended as worthwhile finds.
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