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Symphony 3

J. Serebrier Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": PrestoCarole Farley 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": LentoCarole Farley 7:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Andante mossoCarole Farley 8:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Andante comodoCarole Farley 5:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile: PassacagliaYi Yao 5:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile: Perpetuum mobileYi Yao 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Variations on a Theme from ChildhoodLaurent Le Chenadec 7:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Elegy for StringsJose Serebrier 7:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Momento psicologicoJose Serebrier 4:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. FantasiaJose Serebrier11:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Dorothy and Carmine!Sandrine Tilly 6:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. George and MurielRenaud Gruss 6:27$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American
  • ASIN: B0000BX5KO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic set of modern compositions - recommended January 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Given all the great classical music that has been composed over
the centuries, it's not easy for a modern composer to find his or her
own niche'. Some resort to bizarre tonal structures or other contrivances
to sound "modern." The music that Mr. Serebrier, a well-known conductor,
composed for this CD, sounds fresh and contemporary, but he doesn't overdo
trying to sound modern. Rather the technique he uses on a number of
tracks is to emphasize the strings to create a atmosphere of mystery,
mystery to provoke the listener to go into a meditative state of
psychological reflection.

Much of the time his style works very well, as on the 10th track,
"Momento psicologico." In other instances, like the second and third
movements of his newly composed third symphony, I felt that the mood
was too meditative, too repetitive in that sense. Yet the first movement of
the symphony is a real "grabber," and the final movement, with a beautiful
female singing arrangement, is very fine, and leaves you fulfilled with the
work. Perhaps if I had the opportunity to hear this piece performed live
I would realize that it is wholly great. Finally, I found the intensity of
mood perhaps labored to the point of brooding in the last 2 pieces, which
are ironically dedicated to couples who are close friends of the composer -
one would think they might be uplifting to symbolize friendship! Maybe this
is the composer's giving voice to the quiet angst many feel in these
(troubled) times.

This CD is also like a "greatest hits" of the composer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and dreary July 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
José Serebrier is a well-respected conductor and one of the more starry names in the Naxos catalogue. It is thus perhaps for contractual reasons that Naxos has proceeded to record some of his output as a composer, for these generally dreary, brooding works have little to recommend to them apart from keeping a good conductor in the company's rooster. The early Elegy, written when the composer was fourteen, sets the tone - it is surprisingly skillful for a fourteen year old, but doesn't stand if evaluated on purely musical terms. The Momento psicológico is representative of the mature composer, with its restrained, elegiac drama and utter lack of anything even remotely memorable, virtually indistinguishable from the equally dull Fantasia. The Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile is, unusually enough, scored for accordion and chamber orchestra, and pretty much realizes all worries one might have in advance concerning what a mediocre, conventionally oriented contemporary composer could do with such a setting.

The third symphony was, according to the composer, completed in a weak - which would have been an admirable feat if it hadn't sounded like it was. It consists of an energetic first movement, undistinguished but finely orchestrated, followed by three brooding, meandering slow ones (leading one to suspect that the composer's general idea was that it takes shorter time to fill out pages with arbitrary dots if it is supposed to be played slowly than if it were to be played fastly), employing, predictably enough, a chorus in the final one.

There are a couple of other works, but I don't think there is much point in going on.
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