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    Default Felix Weingartner

    He is more remembered as a conductor (particularly Beethoven and Brahms symphony cycles) than a composer. I think my favorite Weingartner work is his 2nd symphony. imo every movement is nearly perfect and sometimes some sections of the 4th movement is constantly playing in my head



    I would recommend his first 3 symphonies. I think e is very good when it comes to scherzos and slow movements most of the time such as this Scherzettino from his Tempest Suite: https://open.spotify.com/track/5eVQn94l3dcqnQpjE8HZIv

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    Never listened to his own music. Bout time I rectified that. Thanks for reminding me.

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    I own the cpo boxset (a very hefty one) containing all Weingartner's symphonies plus assorted orchestral works. While I like most of his pieces, I must admit that some music does not leave any lasting impression and borders on forgettable. One of the compositions I enjoy the most nowadays is Overture 'Aus ernster Zeit', Op. 56.

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    Weingartner carries a neglected facet as a composer, unfair, truth be told. I concur with vesteel, the 2nd Symphony is thoroughly an enjoyable piece, life-affirming in character, with some passages sort of Strauss meets Bruckner. I love this piece. Weingartner is not a first-rate composer, but oh God, he composed some stirring works that will please some avid listeners.

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