Volume One of our survey of the symphonies of Bobby Schumann and Hans Gal is getting tantalizingly close to reality. The disc itself is in editing as I write this, and the cover has now been added officially to Avie’s upcoming releases catalogue. It’s starting to feel real. You saw it here first, kids. Seriously, the disc comes out on June 6- wonderful music played beautifully by Orchestra of the Swan. I still can’t believe the Gal 3rd Symphony went completely un-played for 55 years.
UPDATE- I’ve had so many FB comments about the cover photo that I couldn’t help but realize through the fog of a manic week that I neglected to say that the picture was taken by London-based photographer, Benjamin Ealovega. He’s doing all the covers for the Bobby/Hans series. If you don’t know his name, you’re likely to recognize many of his iconic images from CDs and books in your library. His website is well worth exploring.
Speaking of Orchestra of the Swan CDs- Norman Lebrecht has made OOTS’ new recording of Mahler 4 with David Curtis at the helm one of his discs of the week. He says:
“Scaled back to a dozen instruments for one of Arnold Schoenberg’s private concerts, this skeletal version is played with great razzle-dazzle by musicians from the Orchestra of the Swan, under David Curtis, with Heather Shipp (a little too rich) as the finale soloist. The adagio, in particular, is perfectly shaped. Shipp comes off much better in Davis Matthews’ reduction of Berlioz’s Nuits d’été in a disc almost overstuffed with good things.”