Gál- Symphony no. 3, Schumann- Symphony no. 3

Hans Gál (1890-1987)
Symphony no. 3, opus 62

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, opus 97

Orchestra of the Swan

Recorded December 6-7, 2010, Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon
Produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox-Gal
Released June 2011
Avie Records (AV2230)

For more details, please go to the Bobby and Hans home page.

Explore the score of Hans Gal’s 3rd Symphony here
Explore the score of Robert Schumann’s 3rd Symphony here

Critical Reaction

“structural genius… contrapuntal mastery…committed performance…splendid sound, warmly recommended.”

“Best Recording of 2011”
Everything but the Music

“Top Ten Classical CD’s of 2011- “The Gal is a real find, especially the slow movement; and the Schumann is a joy after the many punched-up but four-square performances I’ve suffered through… It’s an awesome CD, folks.”
Bernard D. Sherman

“Best Classical Recordings of 2011”

”Woods shows his luminous interpretive vision in the Schumann, which blasts away the cobwebs of  the composer’s reputation as a dull, borderline inept, orchestrator. As Schumann’s final of four works in the symphonic idiom, Op. 97 is  full of
energy and inspiration. Never has the outline of Schumann’s composition been clearer. Woods shapes exemplary phrasing from Orchestra of the Swan; the clarity does not amount to some kind of antiseptic dissection, but something more at the opposite extreme: a new lease on life for a familiar masterwork.”
Indianapolis Star

“Gál is truly worth rediscovering ; Woods’s recording project for Avie has
intrigued and delighted me and I’m only left wanting more.”
Classic FM Magazine

““an excellent disc…a substantial work, deeply felt and deeply thought…obvious empathy and understanding..with admirable clarity of texture and finely honed musicianship… could hardly be bettered”
International Record Review

“The ‘Rhenish’ Symphony is given a superb outing, gloriously joyous in the
outer movements, exuberant without being pushed, and also generously
lyrical when needed, not least in the triptych of middle movements,
beautifully phrased and sounded, breathing and shapely, sensitively
addressed and lovingly detailed… . As for alternative recordings of the
‘Rhenish’, Woods holds his own against such wonders as Sawallisch
Dresden rather than Philadelphia), Celibidache (Munich), Giulini
(Chicago) and immediately becomes a favourite for this delectable work. ”
Classical Source

“Gál’s impassioned, well-crafted late romanticism is readily accessible and
quietly moving – there’s a lot to enjoy here. He’s good at subtle transitions –
the way that the delicious opening melody segues into the first movement’
s more agitated fast section, and its brilliant, ghostly close…brilliant,
exuberant work”
The Arts Desk

Gal’s Third Symphony is written for a relatively small ensemble, but it makes
the most of the limited orchestral resources, giving every player a real
workout….  and all rise to the challenge magnificently… Woods
knows that his woodwind soloists can give him all the emotion the music
needs, without him having to pull the tempos around, and they more than
repay his trust…..
Classical CD Reviews

“A first recording shouldn’t be a swansong, but Orchestra of the Swan really
does sing for Woods, in long, arching melodic lines, Gál’s writing favouring
the woodwinds especially.”
The Classical Review