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9 Aug 2013

Draeseke. Symphony 3 - Berlin Radio / Heinz Drewes - Urania 1955

Felix Draeseke:
Symphony no.3 in C major, op.40   "Symphonia Tragica"   
I:  Andante - Allegro risoluto  ~  II:  Grave: Adagio ma non troppo  
III:  Scherzo - Allegro molto vivace  ~  IV:  Finale - Allegro con brio
2 files zip FLAC Mega Download   
"Berlin Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hermann Desser"  
attributed to:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin  conducted by  Dr. Heinz Drewes
Varese-Sarabande  VC 81092  (1979 US LP)   First issue: Urania URLP-7162.   Tape recording: circa 1942/3.          
Detailed commentary @ http://www.draeseke.org/discs/URLP7162.htm       Not on CD        Sleeve-note >>>   


9 comments:

  1. This may be the best performance of this piece that there is. The only other one that I have heard was pretty dull.

    It sounds absolutely amazing for it's age. Thanks for the transfer.

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    1. Whilst idly browsing, yesterday, I saw a recent comment on the 'Unsung Composers' site [search: > draeseke drewes <] re: this; as a Naxos dubbing - and it wasn't considered very good.

      The only problem with the recording is slight 'overloading' when matters get noisier; otherwise there is some nice sound/detail - though the music seems rather a 'compendium' of other composers 'styles' ?!

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    2. Indeed. I don't find the composition particularly remarkable, but it was somewhat enjoyable listening. Though I say that this is probably the 'best' performance, I only say so in the face of the grand total recordings this symphony has: 3! (Or was it 4?). Ahh, well the number isn't that high.

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    3. At least I got around to transferring this - as mentioned it as being 'next up' in October 2011 in the Pfitzner post below...

      Unfortunately I don't have the other 'classical' material on Varese-Sarabande - except for one of the Rosza-conducted discs from 1957 - and this USA label must have had a limited UK distribution (the Varese-Sarabande 'musicals/soundtracks' matrices were UK pressed by 'That's Entertainment - and have 'lots').

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    4. Do you know the one ?

      http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/cpo/detail/-/art/Felix-Draeseke-1835-1913-Symphonie-Nr-3-Tragica/hnum/8336488#kube-container

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    5. This is the one I'd previously alighted-upon to discover where 'the missing bit' was in the first movement of the Drewes.
      The opening 'chord' was omitted here (did consider doing a copy/paste to 'remedy' that..as the notation, x3, was near-identical)...also happened with the original Urania LP??

      I've *far too many* LP's to catch up on to even think of investigating Draeseke!

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  2. i tend to like these rarely performed pieces by less-known composers (often, in my opinion, so rather by whim of fate than by deserve), and wasn't disappointed with this - very nice. The 'compendium'-style doesn't necessarily reflect lack of ideas, but perhaps just falling in between. Thanks!

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  3. thanks looking forward to hearing this

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    1. Rather better quality than the link - whose files I recall as 64mb mp3's
      This era of radio tapes is now far more extensive on CD, etc - although I think the Soviets re-recorded over many after 1945.
      The Pfitzner, below, is better - at least the Overture is - and have been planning for ages to upload the Leitner/BPO - Sym.2 + 3 Palestrina preludes, from 1959 - but I guess they'll be re-reissued again on CD in some large box-set

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