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2(II=picc).2.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc:glsp/xylorimba/SD/very lg BD/susp.cym/cyms/tam-t-harp-accordion-strings


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Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
1/16/2010
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic / Gianandrea Noseda
Programme Note
Deutsch
Press Quotes
Deutsch

“The task [of reflecting Mahler’s masterworks] was assigned to that most genial of living Viennese composers, Kurt Schwertsik. Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, with its two “night-music” movements, had been the entrance point for his 20-minute BBC commission, Nachtmusiken. No things that go bump in the night here: rather a suite of occasional character pieces, an offering of fragrant Viennoiserie, evoking a series of departed spirits. Those spectral presences include Janácek, whose characteristic inflections merge and mingle as in a dream, and David Drew, the critic and writer who died last summer, who is remembered in the eulogy of a quartet of cellos, frosted by glockenspiel. In between an accordion spices a bittersweet Viennese waltz, a toy march hovers between West and East Europe and the final fugue is touched by a frisson of Mahler’s First Symphony.” Times

“Attractively scored, it was played with considerable finesse, and its elegance contrasted with the cataclysmic performance of Mahler’s First that followed.” Guardian

Recommended Recording
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BBC Philharmonic/HK Gruber
Chandos CHAN 10687

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