Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|FIBICH, Jarvi, Detroit Symphony Orchestra|
Symphonies 2 & 3
Music historians like to list composers from any given period in (generally opposing) pairs--there's Bach and Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Mahler and Bruckner, Brahms and Wagner, and in 19th-century Czech music, Dvor?ak a... more »
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Music historians like to list composers from any given period in (generally opposing) pairs--there's Bach and Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Mahler and Bruckner, Brahms and Wagner, and in 19th-century Czech music, Dvor?ak and Smetana. The only problem with this last is that there was also Fibich, a successful composer of both operas and symphonies, and a name that deserves quite a bit more attention that it currently receives. His three symphonies are superbly crafted, tuneful, ably-orchestrated pieces in the rich central European tradition of Brahms and Bruckner. They are not, however, particularly "Czech"- sounding, and this has counted against their being played more frequently outside his native country. But if you like Brahms and Dvor?ak, you'll like Fibich. --David Hurwitz
Scott Wallace | Seattle, WA USA | 03/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Adagio movement of this piece is simply beautiful music. The melody is so haunting and melancholy and beautiful that you can listen to it over and over and over and be brought to tears each time. It kind of reminds me of the adagio movement of Rachmoninoff's Symphony No. 2 in overall feel and mood. Why Fibich is not more popular, I do not understand. The first time I ever heard Fibich, I was driving home from work around 11:30 at night, and his piece Op. 42 "At Twilight" came on the local classical music station. About 6 minutes in, the section of the piece that is most 'famous' begins and I tell you I had to stop the car. It was sooo beautiful that I just sat there listening in tears. I waited to hear what it was and having never heard the name, I just didn't get it. I caught enough of the composer's name to at least figure that out. I ordered several Fibich CDs trying to find this piece, and that is how I happened upon Symphony No. 2. Buy and be moved..."
Like finding unknown Brahms
richard mullany | waynesville, north carolina United States | 09/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Your reviewer is right, if you like Brahms you'll likely enjoy this release. The simplest way I can put it is that this is like Brahms only muscular. I selected it because I was curious, for one thing I'm really impressed by what Jarvi chooses to record. On Chandos he has explored really unfamiliar music which is rare in the business. His orchestras are large ensembles that are unusally tight and incisive. His Chandos release of symphony #5 by Shostakovich is astonishing and that same release has as filler, balllet music from "The Bolt" This piece is recorded and played so perfectly that I can't help but sit there smiling like a chessie cat almost as if I were somehow sharing in the skill of the musicians and was not just sittling there. The Fibich has some equally stunning moments, and just as involving. I'm getting so I buy Neeme Jarvi releases without needing to have heard them first; I trust the man; what a nice feeling."