Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra Archive

FELIX DRAESEKE = Orchestral Works Vol. 1 & 2: Symphony in G; Symphonia tragica; Piano Concerto; Gudrun Overture; Symphonic Prologue to Penthesilea, Op. 50 – Claudius Tanski, p/ Wuppertal Sym. Orch./ George Hanson – MDG 

FELIX DRAESEKE = Orchestral Works Vol. 1 & 2: Symphony in G; Symphonia tragica; Piano Concerto; Gudrun Overture; Symphonic Prologue to Penthesilea, Op. 50 – Claudius Tanski, p/ Wuppertal Sym. Orch./ George Hanson – MDG 

Nicely priced rerun for some obscure music. FELIX DRAESEKE = Orchestral Works Vol. 1 & 2: Symphony in G, Op. 12; Symphonia tragica, Op. 40; Piano Concerto in E-flat, Op. 36; Gudrun Overture; Symphonic Prologue to Penthesilea, Op. 50 – Claudius Tanski, p/ Wuppertal Sym. Orch./ George Hanson – MDG 335 2018 (2 CDs), 73:01 [Distr. by Naxos] ***1/2: Felix Draeseke (1835 – 1913) is a strange dude. A confessed Lisztian/Wagnerian, his whole life seems dedicated to forcing these two idioms into more standard vehicles, even though he wrote eight operas, four symphonies, and thrived on choral music. His orchestration is nothing particularly original, and his intensely contrapuntal methodology belies much of what is found in the greatest works of his two heroes. He was finally, after many years of uncertain economic stability, able to establish himself in the 1890s after his promotion to professor at the Royal Saxon Conservatory, and was somewhat lionized during his lifetime, especially by Liszt, who gave him unqualified support after hearing Draeseke’s early piano sonata. But though he was performed widely (Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch, Fritz Reiner, and Karl Böhm all conducted him), his music was ultimately determined to be problematic and not […]