PAUL GRAENER (1872-1944): Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphony in D Minor, Op.39 "Schmied Schmerz", Aus dem Reiche des Pan, Op. 22, Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter - Variations, Op. 108.

Catalogue Number: 02P002

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 679-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: The 1911 symphony's subtitle comes from a quote appended to the third movement taken from a poem by Otto Julius Bierbaum "Sorrow is a blacksmith, his hammer strikes hard", and is one of several compositions of that period which were a response to the recent death of his Graener's eight-year-old son. Of Brucknerian orchestral size if not size of score (three movements lasting 32:34 here), it's a good example of late Germanic Romanticism with a gently sorrowful Adagio between two more actively grief-expressing fast movements and Sorrow's hammer gets to work in the finale. "From the Realm of Pan" is interesting for the fact that it shows Graener to be open to such foreign influences as French Impressionism; it was originally a piano piece in four movements written in 1906 and orchestrated 14 years later. Rounding off the disc is a rousing variation-piece in Brahmsian/Straussian style commissioned for the 1939 Reich Music Festival. North German Radio Philharmonic Hannover;  Werner Andreas Albert.

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