Hans Gál and Robert Schumann- First Symphonies


With this release, Kenneth Woods and the Orchestra of the Swan make musical history by completing the first-ever recorded cycle of the Symphonies of Hans Gál! The Vienna-born composer s Symphony No. 1 was written in 1927, when he was at the height of his powers, belying the turbulent central European events that would forever affect him in the coming years.The music is bold, uninhibited, and persuasive, the writing is virtuosic and the orchestration is colorful. Gál s First Symphony reflects the essence of his compositional voice, to which he remained true throughout his nearly century-long life. As today s most committed champion of Hans Gál s music, which remained relatively dormant throughout the 20th century, Kenneth Woods has captured the imagination and introduced a new generation to Gál s wide-ranging and extensive oeuvre.Woods’s Schumann cycle has been praised by critics as “revelatory” and “the most compelling reawakening of Schumann in the last decades..”


released 03 March 2014Produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox-Gál
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Hans Gál-
Symphony no. 1 in D opus 30
Robert Schumann-
Symphony no. 1 B flat opus 38 “Spring”

Orchestra of the Swan- Kenneth Woods
Recorded December 2-3 2013
Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon
Produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox Gál
Released 3 March, 2014 (Avie Records AV 2233)
For more details, please go to the Bobby  and Hans home page.

“This account is a joy to hear from start to exuberant finish, perfectly paced and superbly played… Very strongly recommended!”
Guy Rickards- Gramophone

“His Schumann is a revelation: transparent, graceful, melancholy, exquisitely romantic. He’s comartistxcite.complemented by the symphonic opus of the Viennese expressionist Hans Gál…  This album marks the finale of a four-album complete recording of Schumann‘s and Gál’s symphonies. The final result may be the most compelling reawakening of Schumann in the last decades – and simultaneously a long-overdue vindication of Hans Gál.”  
Rainer Aschemaier- 

“Not one but two Schumann Spring Symphonies hove into earshot. Kenneth Woods and the Orchestra of the Swan versus Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Woods wins it. One needs express no surprise when the committed outfit with its own conductor beats the prestige youngsters under the rising star jet-setter.  The Woods performance is tighter, rhythmically crisper, richer in contrasts, more characterful and always closer to the composer’s wishes. ”
Rick Jones- Words and Music

“I would find it hard to imagine anyone handling it any better than Woods, nor any orchestra playing it with more accuracy and enthusiasm.”
John Puccio, Classical Candor

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Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions .30 x .30 x .05 cm


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