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Thread: SS 14.07.18 - Hartmann #4

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    I didn't previously have a recording of this symphony. While looking for it, I found that the Kubelik recording is included in a download set entitled "Rafael Kubelik Rare Recordings 1963-1974." I don't know for certain what qualifies a recording as "rare" but this set has quite a variety of music, including a few interesting items that I haven't previously heard. I bought the set and started by listening to this symphony. It is a moody and troubled piece of music, and it seems rather more "accessible" than some other modernist works, including others by the same composer. I like this style of music, and it is a worthy addition to my collection.

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    I listened to the Munchener Kammerorchester under Christoph Poppen on the ECM label. It's a gloomy and angry (a bit relentlessly so!) work with some imaginative touches. Though only for string orchestra, Hartmann's writing creates the illusion of a full orchestra. A fine work, which reminds me I have yet to hear most of Hartmann's symphonies.

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    I listened to Hartmann's 4th Symphony via Spotify not having it in my collection - it was an interesting listen, definitely not one of the sunniest symphonies about but I found it to be decent enough piece.
    I did however continue listening on Spotify and took in the 5th Symphony which I preferred.
    Hartmann seems interesting enough for me to consider a purchase of a set if I can find one at a decent price.
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    I listened to the Kubelik. It’s an interesting work, not too long, for string orchestra. Hartmann uses a pretty consistent “sound” through all three movements, with a few touches that remind me strongly of Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.

    All the movements are kind of intense, but at first listen it’s hard to follow the dramatic arc and the melodic content doesn’t really register clearly. But I suspect repeated hearings may pay off because the music is attractive on the surface, obviously of high quality, and quite eventful. It’s in my “listen again” pile!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I listened to the Kubelik. It’s an interesting work, not too long, for string orchestra. Hartmann uses a pretty consistent “sound” through all three movements, with a few touches that remind me strongly of Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.

    All the movements are kind of intense, but at first listen it’s hard to follow the dramatic arc and the melodic content doesn’t really register clearly. But I suspect repeated hearings may pay off because the music is attractive on the surface, obviously of high quality, and quite eventful. It’s in my “listen again” pile!
    Interesting comments Ken
    Can’t say it reminded me of the Bartok you mention, but as I will definitely listen to it again then I shall pay more attention next time
    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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    Coming in late. Hartmann is a composer I'm totally unfamiliar with. Will give the Kubelik You Tube a listen.

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