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Very exciting news from American Public Media!
Performance Today to broadcast lost symphony by Hans Gál
Public Radio’s flagship live classical music program, Performance Today, will broadcast the first modern performance of Hans Gál’s Symphony no. 3 this Friday, October 14, 2011. Broadcast times vary- check your local listings.
Viennese composer Hans Gál was one of the leading composers of his generation in the years between WW I and WW II, but when Hitler came to power in 1933, Gál, who was Jewish, lost all his professional positions and found his music banned. He eventually settled in Edinburgh, where he had a long and distinguished career as an academic, but though he composed prolifically into his 90’s, his music gradually fell into obscurity.
Gál completed his 3rd Symphony in 1952, and it received performances in Vienna and Birmingham in 1955. After that, the work remained un-played until a snowy night in Stratford-upon-Avon in December 2010.
Orchestra of the Swan and Kenneth Woods also recorded the symphony for Avie records, a disc that was released in June.
Hans Gal: Symphony No. 3 in A Major, Op. 62
Orchestra of the Swan
Kenneth Woods, principal guest conductor
Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon , England , UK
December 7, 2010
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