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Serebrier: Symphony No. 3, etc.
     

Serebrier: Symphony No. 3, etc.

by José Serebrier
 
José Serebrier has sporadically composed when his responsibilities as a conductor have permitted it. This album is a brief survey, covering Serebrier's bouts of creativity from the early "Elegy for strings" (1952) to the "Symphony No. 3" (2003). Serebrier's strengths are found in his short pieces, where his spontaneity and sense of instrumental color are allowed free

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José Serebrier has sporadically composed when his responsibilities as a conductor have permitted it. This album is a brief survey, covering Serebrier's bouts of creativity from the early "Elegy for strings" (1952) to the "Symphony No. 3" (2003). Serebrier's strengths are found in his short pieces, where his spontaneity and sense of instrumental color are allowed free play, without formal constraints. The "Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile," "Dorothy and Carmine!," and "George and Muriel" are imaginative miniatures, unique to the occasions for which they were commissioned. More introspective and personal, the "Variations on a Theme From Childhood," the "Elegy," and the "Momento Psicológico" reveal Serebrier's serious side without pretense, and the directness of these essays recommends them. Less original and profound is the featured "Symphony No. 3." While this brooding work may be regarded as a kind of partita, it is a symphony in name only. Still more problematic is the work's derivative nature, since its devices and sounds -- particularly, the mournful soprano part in the finale -- have been exploited by other composers more effectively and with greater emotional impact. The Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the composer, responds with energy to this work's technical demands, though its fine playing is insufficient to make it convincing.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Peter Dickinson
The Elegy for Strings...is an astonishingly mature piece which shows an instinctive craftsmanship, but above all it sets the elegiac tone for most of the works on this recording.... There are curiosities worth exploring here.
Dallas Morning News - Olin Chism
Those who despise modern music should give these a try. Aside from a few aggressive passages, they are more suggestive of the 19th century than the 20th. (B)
Fonoforum
[Serebrier's] third symphony is a shimmering prism of tone, romantic-impressionistic and spontaneously improvisatorial, as well as clearly formed and with a sure-hand for reaching great heights of ecstasy.... Throughout this recording there is a great star quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943918326
catalogNumber:
8559183

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 3 for strings & soprano ("Symphonie mystique")
  2. Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile, for accordian & chamber orchestra
  3. Variations on a Theme from Childhood, for trombone (or bassoon) & strings
  4. Elegy for strings
  5. Momento Psicológico for violin & orchestra
  6. Fantasia for strings
  7. Dorothy and Carmine!, for flute & strings
  8. George and Muriel, for double bass, double bass choir & chorus

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