RUDOLF SIMONSEN (1889-1947): Symphony No. 1 "Zion", Symphony No. 2 "Hellas", Overture in G Minor.

Catalogue Number: 05K002

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 229

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Once, the only Simonsen symphony you could hear was a 1954 Danish Radio recording of the Hellas by Launy Grøndal. Now it appears we'll get to hear all four. This is substantial, dramatic and gripping music, whether the early 1910 overture, still influenced by Sibelius and Wagner, or the symphonies where Carl Nielsen really comes into play. Zion (1920) owes much to the Espansiva but Simonsen's short, choppy themes and irregular rhythms are his own and allow him to build great stretches of tension culminating in almost shattering bursts of release. Hellas (1921) is only three-fifths the length of Zion and seems more like a sequence of tone pictures ("The Oresteia", "Loneliness of the Temple" and "Pallas Athene") than a symphony but the same power and eloquence are present in all three. Sönderjyllands Symphony Orchestra; Israel Yinon.

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