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Symphonies 1-3

E. Schulhoff Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 29, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • ASIN: B000001RXR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No.1: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. Sym No.1: Andante Con Moto/Allegretto Alla Marcia
3. Sym No.1: Molto Allegro Con Brio E Agitato
4. Sym No.2: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
5. Sym No.2: Andante Con Moto
6. Sym No.2: Scherzo A La Jazz. Allegro Assai
7. Sym No.2: Finale. Allegro Con Spirito
8. Sym No.3: Moderato
9. Sym No.3: Grave, Ma Deciso
10. Sym No.3: Allegro Ma Non Troppo

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music January 15, 2012
There never seems to have been a follow-up to this release of Erwin Schulhoff's first three symphonies, but the other three are at least relatively well served on disc (there is a complete set from Supraphon that I haven't heard). It is in any case a deeply fascinating and rewarding cycle that anyone even remotely interested in twentieth century symphonic music should know, and the disc at hand is a fine one to start with. The first symphony is in many ways a study in orchestral effects, and splendidly effective as such. It does exhibit traces of fake orientalism, but the overall effect is deeply compelling and fascinating; brimful of youthful energy and spirit, it is a vividly dramatic work of burning momentum and smoldering power. It is generally based on small thematic cells that the composer uses with skill and imagination (and sometimes unremittingly), and the effect of the first movement is not unlike Janacek at his most energetic, but with added percussion and brass. The second movement is atmospheric and imaginative and the finale takes the more amiable parts of the second movement and twists them into a hyper-powerful, crushingly violent finale.

The second symphony is overall neo-classical (though it incorporates elements of jazz and blues) but powerful and muscular and pretty stunning in its overall impact; it is also thematically strong and skillfully constructed, and it is no wonder that it seems to remain the composer's most popular essay in the genre. Stylistically it is somewhat closer to composers like Milhaud than to his contemporary compatriot Martinu, it is full of contradictions and juxtapositions, but marvelously scored and creating an overall effect unlike anything else in the repertoire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sounds too wagnerian March 18, 2011
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This has a great technical sound and has a lot of rich detail embroidered in it from the beginning, but it sounds way too Wagnerian for my tastes. Schulhoff is far from being Wagnerian and is in fact too eclectic, oriental, and jazzy for Albrect, who has a tendency to tinker with the orchestration, to fully realize as a compositional piece. Also, the tempo for this Albrect set is much faster and thus diminishes the exotic and atmospheric nature of Schulhoff's symphonies. I prefer the Valek recordings which admirably preserve the uniquely mysterious style of Schulhoff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schulhoff symphonies June 2, 2008
I just discovered Schulhoff and love his work, which should be much more widely known. I highly recommend this recording.
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