Alexandre Tansman: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Nos. 4-6 (The War Years)

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1 Symphony No. 4 in C sharp minor: I. Adagio - Allegro deciso - Un poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Un poco 7:26 $2.49 Buy
2 Symphony No. 4 in C sharp minor: II. Adagio pour orchestre a cordes, Tranquillo 4:24 $2.49 Buy
3 Symphony No. 4 in C sharp minor: III. Allegro giocoso 6:57 $2.49 Buy
4 Symphony No. 5 in D major: I. Lento - Allegro con moto - Molto meno mosso 6:08 $2.49 Buy
5 Symphony No. 5 in D major: II. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto 4:42 $2.49 Buy
6 Symphony No. 5 in D major: III. Scherzo: Vivo 5:04 $2.49 Buy
7 Symphony No. 5 in D major: IV. Finale: Lento - Un poco meno lento - Allegro con moto - Lento cantabi 7:20 $2.49 Buy
8 Symphony No. 6, "In memoriam": I. Instruments a vent, percussion et piano: Andante cantabile 5:35 $2.49 Buy
9 Symphony No. 6, "In memoriam": II. Orchestre a cordes et quatuor a cordes (concertino): Agitato molt 2:46 $2.49 Buy
10 Symphony No. 6, "In memoriam": III. Orchestre complet: Vivo agitato - Lento - Molto vivace - Meno mo 3:20 $2.49 Buy
11 Symphony No. 6, "In memoriam": IV. Choeurs et orchestre: Lento - Moderato - Un poco piu vivo - Vivo 5:33 $2.49 Buy

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has an outstanding reputation for presenting twentieth-century music and for rediscovering neglected composers something wonderfully demonstrated by this new recording and follows the recently critically applauded recording of Stephan orchestral works.
Polish-born Tansman enjoyed considerable international success during his career as composer, pianist and conductor. He received numerous international honours and was championed by leading conductors and soloists, including Stokowski, Ormandy, and Szigeti. Yet, since Tansman’s death, his music has been largely neglected and is only now beginning to receive renewed attention.

Tansman moved to Paris from Warsaw in 1919 and immediately became friendly with Stravinsky and Ravel. Stravinsky’s repetitive rhythmic patterns and Ravel’s chords of the 11th and 13th quickly became features of his musical language, although many distinctive Polish characteristics remained. World War II forced Tansman to escape to the United States in 1941. His decision to return to Paris after the war may not have been the best for his career as his music had already started to gain recognition in the United States during the late 1930s and the success he achieved during the war years, particularly with his Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, would have provided a secure base to enhance his career. Tansman’s Fourth Symphony belongs to the period of his greatest success when he had achieved recognition in Europe and was beginning to establish his reputation in the United States. He demonstrates his considerable orchestral and contrapuntal virtuosity in the Baroque-inspired textures of the jazzy ‘Allegro giocoso’, a vigorous, expanded fugue. Composed in Hollywood in 1942, Tansman’s Fifth Symphony was one of his major works of the American years. The Sixth Symphony ‘In Memoriam’, here receiving its premiere recording, bears witness to Tansman’s increasing nostalgia for his beloved France. Although composed in Los Angeles in 1944, the symphony is dedicated to ‘the memory of those who died for France’ and sets Tansman’s own French text in the final movement. Intended to be performed without breaks between movements, the work is more compact than Tansman’s previous symphonies and represents a progressive exploration of different instrumental colours and combinations, while still owing much to Stravinsky.