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TYBERG, M.: Symphony No. 3 / Piano Trio (M. Ludwig, Mekinulov, Ya-Fei Chuang, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Tyberg, Marcel
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572236
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Rescued from oblivion before his tragic death in Auschwitz in 1944, Marcel Tyberg’s Symphony No. 3 sets out on a poetic journey with shades of Schumann and Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler, playful instrumental filigrees, colourful counterpoint and captivating harmonies. This sweeping work for large orchestra received its première performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, finally giving voice to a composer who never heard his masterpiece performed. Tyberg’s chamber music also demonstrates his deep respect for 19thcentury musical modes and manners; imbued with the spirit of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, his Piano Trio brims with a richly Romantic esprit.


A Voice Not Silenced
Review By rgraves321,December 2013

Marcel Tyberg finished his third symphony in 1943, shortly before his arrest by the Nazis and death at Auswitz. Fortunately, he entrusted all of his scores to a friend and so they survived the war.

The symphony is a marvelous post-romantic work, and reminds me very much of Bruckner’s 4th Symphony without in any way sounding derivative. Tyberg’s melodies are full-bodied and bursting with energy. The Scherzo is a particular delight, and the adagio is absolutely gorgeous.

It’s a bittersweet listening experience. The symphony stands on its own merits, but it makes one wonder what Tyberg might have accomplished had he lived.

Coupled with the Symphony is the piano trio from 1936. Like the symphony, it’s a lush, romantic work with plenty of more....

Review By William Hedley, MusicWeb International,October 2010

The Piano Trio is in three movements. The first movement is well constructed and is evidence that the composer possessed a fair melodic gift. Both stringed instruments, in particular, sing out, and control of line and texture is good. There are moments approaching something like passion, but overall the music is fairly easygoing. The second movement is also very melodious, with a mysterious central section where the composer allows himself rather more chromatic freedom than usual. The short finale is based on a rhythmic, dancing theme which is immediately attractive without being particularly distinctive. This judgement, indeed, could serve for the whole work.

Review By John Terauds, Toronto Star,August 2010

We are lucky that Marcel Tyberg entrusted his musical manuscripts to a family physician before he was carted off by the Nazis in 1943, to eventually die at the Auschwitz death camp. The Third Symphony, not heard until its Buffalo Philhamonic premiere under music director JoAnn Falletta, is classically structured and rich in ideas as well as sheer beauty. The same is true of the gorgeous earlier Piano Trio, impressively played by orchestra principals and pianist Ya-Fei Chuang. It’s hard to imagine anyone not loving this music.

Review By Giv Cornfield, The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2010

There is a fascinating story behind this wonderful, neo-Romantic work by an unjustly neglected composer. Austrian pianist and composer Marcel Tyberg was born, raised and trained in Vienna, the avant-garde cradle that produced Berg, Schoenberg and Webern, but Tyberg would have none of that. If his Third Symphony may be seen as typical of his mature output, it sounds more like Brahms than Mahler or even Bruckner - surprising for a work completed near the outbreak of WWII.


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