Jpe Hartmann: Symphony No. 1 in G minor; Symphony No. 2 in E

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COMPOSERS: Jpe Hartmann
LABELS: Dacapo
WORKS: Symphony No. 1 in G minor; Symphony No. 2 in E
PERFORMER: Danish National RSO/Thomas Dausgaard
CATALOGUE NO: 8.224042
A central figure of Danish Romanticism, historically spanning nearly a century from Haydn to Schoenberg, the venerated JPE Hartmann (1805-1900) bridged the generation of Kuhlau and the Gade/Nielsen succession. Though from a musical family, he was largely self-taught as a composer, spending most of his life in the civil service. The First Symphony (1836), is a remarkably assured piece, redolent of Mendelssohn as much as (extraordinarily) Newbould’s Schubert. Schumannesque Leipzig overtones shadow the Second Symphony (1847-8) – a patchier piece in its outer movements but otherwise compelling in idea, orchestration (including double brass choirs) and in the charm and phrasing of its central idyll and intermezzo (Brahmsian serenade-style). Exemplary performances, outstanding recorded sound, beautifully spaced and with an evocative bloom. Ates Orga