Symphony No. 3 in D Minor/Tyberg

September 6, 2010

“Good faith and daunting perseverance have once again uncovered wonderful ‘new’ music by a composer altogether unknown,” Edward Yadzinski wrote in the liner notes. The symphony written in the 30’s by Austrian pianist and composer Marcel Tyberg was saved from destruction by a music loving Italian physician in the 40’s when it became evident that the Jewish composer would be sent to Auschwitz and executed which he was in 1944. He never had the opportunity to hear his work.

The D minor symphony eerily starts with a thumping of strings from the lower register followed by the introduction of a melody from a single horn. Other horns are added and the Andante is nicely developed in a typical Germanic fashion. The pace is quite slow but moves forward nicely using other themes that go between the reeds, strings, and horns but always returning to the main theme on the solo horn. This is assuredly written in a style from the late 19th century and I am reminded of Bruckner. The Scherzo while not as lively and dance like as many I’ve heard, it still moves at a quick enough pace. Again all sections of the orchestra participate in the development of the theme. This movement also sounds very much like it came out of the late 19th century from Brahms or any number of composers of that time frame. The Adagio is a thing of beauty performed quite eloquently by the Buffalo Philharmonic. They have the right feeling for the movement and deliver a touching emotion filled performance. I’m confident if Marcell were alive to have heard it there would be a tear in his eye. The lively tune in the Rondo is given the opportunity to be performed by all sections of the orchestra. This movement has more of a modern sound as it is very upbeat and full of life and the orchestra seems excited and full of energy. The 37 minutes went by far too quickly and I found myself never bored and my attention didn’t waiver from the work at all.

I am quite excited about this new work and it will become one that I will return to on a regular basis. I will look forward to a recording of his second symphony, a work that had its premiere in the early 30’s by Kubelik and the Czech Philharmonic. I applaud the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta for stepping out of the box and bringing this new exciting work to us. It is well recorded and mastered and as always with Naxos it is a good value. It is also available as a digital download at http://www.classicsonline.com. Highly recommended.

Naxos 8.572236

Track Listing:

1….Andante maestoso-Solenne e sostenuto (14:17)

2….Scherzo: Allegro non troppo (6:22)

3….Adagio (9:27)

4….Rondo: Allegro vivace (6:43)

Total Time is 36:49

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