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listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 50: I. Adagio - AllegroNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra18:44Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 50: II. Adagio ma non troppoNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 9:54Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 50: III. Allegro agitatoNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 50: IV. AllegroNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 70: I. AllegroNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra11:22Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 70: II. Andante quasi allegrettoNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 70: III. Allegro moderatoNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 70: IV. Allegro con brioNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra10:58Album Only


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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B000M2EBVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Herzogenberg has a truly original style that, while being a part of the "classic" romantic school, is one that is completely his own.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Gilman on March 6, 2007
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Many German / Austrian composers who were contemporaries of Brahms were accused of immitating the master. Not something many composers would want to do considering that many people had little use for Brahms at the time (Tchaikovsky, the New German school of Liszt & Wagner, an audience in Boston that almost rioted when told they were going to have to sit thru a Brahms symphony). These symphonies of Herzogenberg (like those of Gernsheim) were also denigrated as immitations of Brahms. They aren't. The first symphony is so so, made up of material from an earlier work, it seems to be something of a trial run. Not bad, just not inspired. The second symphony, however, is worth the price of the whole cd. It is a remarkable mix of slightly Eastern European sounding folk like melodies, gentle Joachim Raff type melodies, a touch of what sounds like Oriental - Turkish - Jannisary music & shades of Aaron Copeland (long before Copeland's day). A unique mix you'll agree. I hope more of his symphonies will be forthcoming from CPO.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2007
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Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900) was a conservative Berlin composer initially influenced by Schumann and later by Brahms. He was in conflict with the Wagnerism of his day. He was also influenced by the eminent Bach scholar Philipp Spitta. He wrote eight symphonies. The first he wrote, not numbered but subtitled 'Odysseus', was early. The symphonies heard here, Nos. 1 and 2, weren't written until he was in his forties. He also wrote five other unpublished symphonies about which I know nothing except to suspect they were early attempts to master symphonic form and orchestration. One hopes though, on the basis of the present recording, that they are later works and of a piece with the two heard here; if so, I'd strongly urge cpo, whose efforts in recording unknown works of central European composers of the late Romantic period are admirable, to dig them up and give them a go.

Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 50, is a fully-formed, mature symphony which has some points of reference to Brahms's own first symphony including its key signature. But it soon becomes clear that this is an individual voice, one that strays from the Brahmsian mold frequently. This is most evident in such things as the almost light-hearted third movement which seems to look forward to Bruckner scherzi without the sometimes leaden galumphing of the latter composer. The second movement Adagio is notable for its noble themes, including a particularly engaging second theme consisting primarily of brass fanfares, played beautifully here by the NDR Philharmonic under Frank Beermann. Brahms's influence is most apparent in the outer movements in which appealing themes are handled in an almost classical manner. The finale ends triumphantly in a blaze of brass chords decorated with glinting string and woodwind.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Hansen on February 8, 2009
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I've lately enjoyed exploring CPO Records catalogue that includes a great many Romantic and Modern era composers that I wasn't familiar with. This recording has almost instantly become a favorite symphony that I simply can't get enough of. Certainly there is a resemblance to Brahms, but it is only that, a resemblance. Herzogenberg has a truly original style that, while being a part of the "classic" romantic school, is one that is completely his own. What I simply don't understand is how Herzogenberg has become completely overlooked in todays music world. I can only assume that this composer's obscurity is a reflection of the current critical preference for composers like Mahler and Strauss rather that Brahms or other "classic" Romantic composers.

Sadly, right now we can only imagine what his other 6 symphonies sound like. I certainly hope that CPO has the rest scheduled to be recorded. Soon.
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