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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B000B6N60Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2005
This is the fourth issue I've encountered, from the cpo label, of music of Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945). I've reviewed the first three -- the opera 'Donna Diana', the tone poem 'Schlemihl' and its successor 'Der Sieger', and found them very worthwhile -- and have come to feel that Reznicek has been an unduly neglected composer of the late German Romantic school. This issue, presumably part of an ongoing series, is of the Second and Fifth Symphonies.

The Symphony No. 2 in B Flat, a chamber orchestra work subtitled 'Ironic,' was written in the 1910s. It illustrates Reznicek's tendency to make jokes with his music. ('Schlemihl' and 'Der Sieger,' for instance, gently satirized the self-promotion of Richard Strauss.) This short work -- 25 minutes -- is filled with 'Eulenspiegelei' (roughly, 'tomfoolery') and yet is satisfying as music qua music. The first movement is extremely chromatic, modulating through, by my count, eleven of the possible twelve major keys. Sometimes the modulations come so fast and furiously that one is left chuckling; this is Reznicek's 'Musikalischer Spass.' Yet, it manages at the same time to be an expert variant of the sonata-allegro form. The scherzo, which comes second, has a dryly pastoral tone; one can hear Reznicek oh-so-slightly making fun of early Romantic gestures. The trio of the scherzo sounds almost Mahlerian. The third movement, marked 'Mit abegeklärter Ruhe' ('With transparent serenity') is a lovely homage to the slow movements of Mahler, including the slightly bizarre and very Mahlerian use of a piccolo and violin duet. The finale, a rondo, sounds Straussian with its side-slipping harmonies and almost verbatim 'Eulenspiegelei.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
CPO's series of music by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek has been very welcome, though anyone coming fresh to the composer (apart from the Donna Diana overture) is recommended to start with the release containing his symphonic poem Der Sieger before anything else. Reznicek's style is the very epitome of fin-de-siècle late romanticism, reminiscent of the music of his friend Richard Strauss (even if things suggest the friendship may have been ambivalent) though Reznicek sometimes takes the overblown drama and pathos even further (but he rarely attempts to capture Strauss's classical elegance - the second symphony being a possible exception). Over and above the storming late-romanticism and a fascination with coloration, however, Reznicek adds an element generally absent from most music written in comparable styles: humor. Indeed, much of his music contains material parodying or satirically characterizing both the composer's own style and that of his contemporaries.

The second symphony is subtitled "Ironic", and may as such appear to be among the most representative of the composer's works. Well, the story is a little more complicated. It is surely a vivacious, spirited work, but the humor in this case seems, at least on first hearing, to amount to little more than a false sense of naïveté. It is scored for classical orchestra, and is finely scored, airy, brilliant and bright.
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