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ROCHBERG: Symphony No. 1

Composer(s):Rochberg, George
Artist(s) Lyndon-Gee, Christopher, Conductor • Saarbrucken German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559214
Label Naxos
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Although the first, fourth and fifth movements were performed in cut form in March 1958, Rochberg’s Symphony No. 1, the first large-scale work of his career, is here heard complete for the first time. Unlike the anguished Second (Naxos 8.559182), written in the mid-fifties as a delayed response to the awfulness Rochberg saw at first hand in the war years, the First is a young composer’s exultant exploration of his maturing technique and powers of invention. Rochberg’s teacher, Leopold Mannes, called the Capriccio movement, heard orchestrally for the first time ever in the present performance, “the craziest music I have ever seen!” More than fifty years on, this powerfully individual work has stood the test of time, and of neglect.

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Review By ,Classica,February 2008


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Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,January 2008

This and next month, I want to talk about modern American music because I have been listening to new releases in the stellar Naxos American Classics series, as well as to some other new CDs of American music. Curiously, the one thing of which I may be sure is that very few readers will have heard of many of the composers I will cover.

Why is that? I think it is result of what happened to music in the 20th century. The January issue of Gramophonemagazine alludes to this problem in a debate titled “Why Is New Music Ignored?” Three participants try to divine why so much modern music is unknown. Their speculations are really quite amusing, as they largely tiptoe around the reason modern music lost its audience.


 

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