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Symphonic Poems - Released July 23, 2020 | Bowei Z.

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Symphonic Poems - Released June 3, 2020 | Mala Lunita

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Symphonic Poems - Released May 25, 2020 | Jimmy Bartel

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Symphonic Poems - Released March 7, 2020 | Anthony Alva

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Symphonic Poems - Released February 10, 2020 | Pelo Concerto Das Coisas

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Symphonic Poems - Released October 29, 2019 | Duo ConCordes

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Symphonic Poems - Released October 18, 2019 | Decca

A quartet of Liszt tone-poem recordings, new to CD, plus a cherishable recording of Wagner’s musical birthday card to his wife.Karl Münchinger founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1946, and Decca began making records with them three years later. The polish and vigour of his work in Baroque repertoire is comprehensively documented by a recent 8CD Eloquence box, but Münchinger’s repertoire was broader than might be assumed. In addition to their sensitive and stylish interpretation of Haydn and Mozart brought together on another Eloquence box, the conductor and his Stuttgart ensemble took on Romantic repertoire such as the Siegfried-Idyll of Wagner – a 1951 recording made in Geneva with Munich strings and the winds of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. More adventurously, Decca sent Münchinger to Paris, to conduct the Conservatoire Orchestra. A 10-inch EP of the Mephisto Waltz and Prometheus duly appeared, followed by a full LP which coupled the EP with two more tone-poems, Mazeppa and Hamlet. Although Liszt’s orchestral music was more familiar to audiences in the concert hall than it is now, there were comparatively few recordings: this one of Hamlet appears to be the first, but it effectively conveys both the nervous tension of the story and its gloomy setting of Elsinore. Münchinger secures fiery playing from the Paris orchestra and holds a firm grasp on Liszt’s unorthodox structures. Captured in Decca’s dynamic mono sound, the Conservatoire brass make thrilling contributions to the Mephisto Waltz and the climactic celebrations of Mazeppa, while the winds contribute much distinctively French timbre to the more poignant evocations of the sufferings of Prometheus. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Symphonic Poems - Released January 11, 2019 | Hambone Productions

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Symphonic Poems - Released November 12, 2018 | I Love Joy Publishing

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Symphonic Poems - Released November 2, 2018 | CPO

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Symphonic Poems - Released August 24, 2018 | Heike Matthiesen

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Symphonic Poems - Released February 22, 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Symphonic Poems - Released December 27, 2017 | Francisco José Villaescusa

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Symphonic Poems - Released December 1, 2017 | Naxos

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The reputation of Camille Saint-Saëns is recovering from decades of self-serving modernist depredations, and it's becoming clear that much of his prolific output contains gems that are on a plane with his comparative handful of popular works. Here the popular one is the final Danse Macabre, Op. 40, but the rest of the program is so strong that the delightful Halloweener has the flavor of an encore. The program doesn't even consist entirely of symphonic poems. Two of the best finds are the adjacent Serenade and Rigaudon, Op. 93, Nos. 1 and 2, perfectly formed apotheoses of Baroque genres that embody the neoclassic idea well in advance of its actual beginnings (sample these, which are not commonly played). The symphonic poems themselves are fun and evocative enough that you might have a shot at guessing them without titles or other guidance. Two deal with the young Hercules, and make you wish Saint-Saëns had written an opera on this theme. The glittering Phaéton, Op. 39, serves as an overture to match the closing Danse Macabre and lays out the sufficiently silky tones of the Orchestre National de Lille with its German conductor, Jun Märkl. A thoroughly enjoyable three-quarters of an hour of music. © TiVo
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Symphonic Poems - Released December 1, 2017 | Mcw Records

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Symphonic Poems - Released August 11, 2017 | Cerulean

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Symphonic Poems - Released July 18, 2017 | The Vantage Point Label

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Symphonic Poems - Released October 4, 2016 | Hegumultimedia

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Symphonic Poems - Released July 30, 2016 | Stephen Page

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Symphonic Poems - Released July 12, 2016 | Metronome Music Ltd