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Hans Rott: Symphony in E Major & Pastorales Vorspiel

Hans Rott , Dennis Russell Davies , Radio Symphonieorchester Wien Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
  • Composer: Hans Rott
  • Audio CD (July 16, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • ASIN: B00006836F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony in E major: Alla breve
2. Symphony in E major: Sehr langsam
3. Symphony in E major: Frisch und lebhaft
4. Symphony in E major: Sehr langsam - belebt
5. Pastoral Overture

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hans Rott: Past Regained March 10, 2004
After a long familiarity with the music of Mahler, discovering the Hans Rott Symphony in E is less like a conscious reach into memory than an unforeseen flashback. For all its evocations and anticipations, and inspite of some formative shortcomings, this is music with its own personality, in a way comparable to Mahler's formative cantata, "Das Klagende Lied." As a work of daring and originality in its own right (if not necessarily a masterpiece), the symphony is definitely enjoyable, especially in passages where Rott is least connected to predecessors or Mahler-to-come.
If there was a reason for Mahler to consider Rott the "father of the modern symphony," it may have been how he pushed at the edge of the distinction between the composer's music and the "musique concrete" of the world--especially noticeable in the scherzo. Rather than seemlessly synthesize these different worlds as Brahms did, Rott and Mahler leave the inconsistencies exposed, even highlighted. I suspect this is the main principle of inclusiveness Mahler had in mind when he said a symphony must be "like the world."
Many commentators have found passages in Rott that anticipate Mahler, but the notes by Eckhardt van den Hoogen also fill in a missing biographical link. It is well known that Mahler saw a score of the Rott symphony around 1900. The notes for the recording point out that Mahler had also performed a version of the work on piano in the early 1880's. That's early enough to influence Mahler's 1st Symphony, and maybe even early enough for this favorite people to influence--in a more subtle way--the E Major Symphony of his teacher, Anton Bruckner.
More interesting than pinpointing where Rott sounds like Mahler is defining the affinity between the two, which has a good deal to do with pushing at boundaries.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Symphony February 2, 2007
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Till a couple of months back if anyone would have asked me who Hans Rott is I would'nt have had the slightest idea. It was through a Radio broadcast that I first came across the legendary work (a 1st work of a composer at age 20)& I must say it only took listening to the first few bars to realize that you are in presence of a master. The musik kept haunting me for days & I had to dig the internet to get info about Rott & his early tragic & premature death. This is the the only recording of the Symphony I have & I must say that the RSO Vienna has done a good job. One would easily trace influnces of Mahler (whoes compositions were composed much later than Rott) Bruckner, Wagner, Schumann & Brahms himself (Who was partially responsible for Rott's tragic end). A must for all who love Romantic musik & music in general. A symphony that needs to be heard & made known to the wide public.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a masterpiece. August 23, 2003
I must thank the first reviewer for tempting me to buy this. What a truelly superb work. The sheer majesty of this work and Rott's truelly unbelievable command of the forces of the Symphony orchestra make this one of the great symphonic experiences.
THe Orchestra and conductor play both works with the great skill and feeling.
Again many thanks for putting me onto this truelly great symphony. THe only sadness was for a career truelly cut far too short. If he had lived Hans Rott would be amongst the immortals of classical music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having already reviewed the 2003 recording of this symphony by Sebastian Weigle on Arte Nova, I was intrigued to read fellow reviewer Stewart Crowe's enthusiastic response to this earlier (1998) recording. He kindly makes approving reference to my Weigle review in his of this version and I return the compliment by confirming that his enthusiasm both for the music and performance is by no means misplaced; this symphony is a revelation for anyone keen to discover new, neglected late Romantic composers. In addition, the manner in which the young Rott both sought to reconcile the Brahms and Wagner/Bruckner camps and also provide support and inspiration to Mahler is especially fascinating.

Brahms's disdain for Rott is perhaps explained by the fact that he suspected that his own music was being parodied; he probably also resented being hustled off in to Valhalla with Wagner as explicitly as the last movement of this symphony engineers it. Rott effectively provides a synthesis of the "pure" versus "programme" music (to over-simplify crassly) and in so doing pays respectful tribute - even if Brahms didn't see it like that - to his predecessors with liberal quotation and allusion to Brahms, Wagner, Bruckner and, in anticipatory fashion from our perspective, Mahler.

Where Mr Crowe and I differ is in how we hear this performance. I have no hesitation in agreeing that the orchestral playing is superb - but so it is by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Weigle. However, I do not hear Dennis Russell Davies' interpretation as "tauter" or "rhythmically livelier"; the reverse in fact - but such is the subjectivity of the listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Rott Symphony 1 August 9, 2013
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This is from the CPO Records homepage:
Hans Rott - Gustav Mahler's brother in spirit

Towards the end of the 1980s the musicologist Paul Banks discovered in the archives of the Austrian National Library, the score of the Symphony in E flat major by Hans Rott. He made sure that the work of the public was presented and had the music world so indisputably a great service, because after all, it appeared quite suddenly from the depths of history to a remarkable piece that showed the work of Gustav Mahler in a whole new light. This self had said about his early deceased fellow students. "He's my very own so related that he and I seem to me like two fruits from the same tree« The resulting long before Mahler's First Symphony in E major is heard with horror and astonishment, what Mahler her and her creator owed​​. Our new recording with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies gets her specialty or by the first recording of the Pastoral Prelude (1877-80).
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