Tansman: Symphony No. 5

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Less a lesser Stravinsky than a lesser Honegger, Alexandre Tansman's "Symphony No. 5 in D minor" is much less than the sum of its parts. And its parts aren't all that much to begin with. Its Lentos are dreary and its Allegros are discursive. Its Intermezzo is instantly forgettable and its Scherzo is insipidly diabolical. But more like a soulful Stravinsky than the faux Stravinsky symphony, Tansman's "St?le In memoriam d'Igor Stravinsky" is much more than the sum of its parts. And its parts are much more than their titles would suggest. Its Elegia is vast and full of sorrow, its Studio ritmico is vibrant and full of color, and its Lamento is violent and full of terror. And...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Less a lesser Stravinsky than a lesser Honegger, Alexandre Tansman's "Symphony No. 5 in D minor" is much less than the sum of its parts. And its parts aren't all that much to begin with. Its Lentos are dreary and its Allegros are discursive. Its Intermezzo is instantly forgettable and its Scherzo is insipidly diabolical. But more like a soulful Stravinsky than the faux Stravinsky symphony, Tansman's "Stèle In memoriam d'Igor Stravinsky" is much more than the sum of its parts. And its parts are much more than their titles would suggest. Its Elegia is vast and full of sorrow, its Studio ritmico is vibrant and full of color, and its Lamento is violent and full of terror. And more like himself than anybody else, Tansman's "Movements 4 for orchestra" is simply as convincing a modernist symphonic piece as has ever been recorded. Meir Minsky and the Czech-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra almost do Tansman justice. That is, their performance of the symphony sounds scrappy, their performance of the "Stèle" sounds monumental, and their performance of the "Movements 4" is magnificent. Marco Polo's 1991 sound is a bit dry and very live.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/1993
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 730099337922
  • Catalog Number: 223379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in D - Alexandre Tansman & Benjamin Chai (28:43)
    Composed byAlexandre Tansman
    Conducted byMeir Minsky
    Performed byCzecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice, Meir Minsky
    1. 1Lento - Allegro con moto
    2. 2Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto
    3. 3Scherzo
    4. 4Finale: Lento - Allegro con moto
  2. 5–7 Stèle ("In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky") - Alexandre Tansman & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (16:35)
    Composed byAlexandre Tansman
    Conducted byMeir Minsky
    Performed byCzecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice, Meir Minsky
    1. 5Elegia
    2. 6Studio ritmico
    3. 7Lamento
  3. 8–12 Movements (4) for orchestra - Alexandre Tansman & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (24:55)
    Composed byAlexandre Tansman
    Conducted byMeir Minsky
    Performed byCzecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice, Meir Minsky
    1. 8 Notturno
    2. 9 Perpetuum mobile
    3. 10Interlude
    4. 11 Elegia
    5. 12 Ostinato
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Meir Minsky Primary Artist
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