LEOPOLD DAMROSCH (1832-1885): Symphony in A, Festival Overture in C, Op. 15, FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828): March militaire, D733/1 (orch. Damrosch).
Catalogue Number: 08R001
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0261
Description: The father of New York Philharmonic music director Walter Damrosch, Leopold was the dedicatee of Liszt’s symphonic poem Tasso and had both Liszt and Wagner as godfathers to his children. A particularly fervid champion of the latter, it won’t come as a surprise that the 1871 Festival Overture is full of Die Meistersinger. The big, shaggy dog of a symphony dates from 1878, after Damrosch emigrated from Prussia to the U.S. In four movements and lasting 45 minutes here, it uses Wagnerian leitmotifs but also has some of the cragginess of Bruckner with a dash of Mendelssohn in its lighter scherzo. Its center is an 18-minute long Quasi marcia: solenne which is in five-part arch form, building to a fast center and slowing back down again to its original key and tempo. Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Russell.