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POUL RUDERS: Symphony No. Five – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./Olari Elts – Bridge

POUL RUDERS: Symphony No. Five – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./Olari Elts – Bridge

Another complex and unique but interesting work for the Ruders fan. POUL RUDERS: Symphony No. Five – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./Olari Elts – Bridge 9475 [Distr. by Albany] (11/04/16) 26:30 ***: I agree wholly with other writers who have commented that Bridge is to be commended for continuing its series of works by the very unique Danish composer Poul Ruders. Ruders’ music is nothing if not unique; nearly impossible to describe, very eclectic as it even varies more than a bit from work to work, His “voice” is that he has no easy to label ‘pigeon-hole’ and classical musical theoreticians and historians do love to identify ‘schools’ and strive to populate them. That is actually one of the aspects to Ruders’ work I love; the element of the unexpected. The Fifth Symphony, heard here, was written as recently as 2012 and is comprised of three very interesting movements. The opening Presto alla breve is characterized by some brass declamations and moves briskly along in a manner that sounds nearly like it is aimless and would “unravel” at any moment. The middle Tranquillo sognante is the highlight of the work for me. This fairly expansive and also fairly bleak movement contains […]