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Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« on: October 30, 2013, 02:32:05 PM »
I have enjoyed this new release:


As there appears to be no generic Romanian composer thread I am placing it here.

The Symphony No 4 'Tragic' is a darkly eloquent work, in two movements, lasting 43 minutes. I had never heard of this composer before. Certainly the music has 'nothing of the circus' about it, but I played it through four times, with increasing appreciation. It is lyrical, without being especially tuneful but conveys a gritty integrity and dark poetry, which I found appealing. The notes describe it as 'mahlerian' but it did not particularly remind me of any other composer. The Symphony has a searching and visionary quality and will, I suspect, give up more of its secrets with repeated hearings. A review I read noted a connection with Sibelius's 7th Symphony. I would not personally connect the two works but they do share a sense of organic growth and my attention was held throughout the work. I haven't listened to the Viola Concerto yet.

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2013/Oct13/Berger_sy4_7777562.htm
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2013, 02:51:30 PM »
Thanks for starting a thread on this fascinating composer, Jeffrey! I really hope that CPO recording is the first in a series of Berger's orchestral music, as I highly enjoyed it as well. On the basis of what little I have heard, Berger seems like a serious, individual composer who merits more attention. Colin compiled a catalogue of Berger's orchestral music over at the Art-Music Forum (where many of Berger's works are available for download), which reveals that he composed 24(!) symphonies, among other compositions: http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,793.0.html

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2013, 03:03:01 PM »
Thanks for starting a thread on this fascinating composer, Jeffrey! I really hope that CPO recording is the first in a series of Berger's orchestral music, as I highly enjoyed it as well. On the basis of what little I have heard, Berger seems like a serious, individual composer who merits more attention. Colin compiled a catalogue of Berger's orchestral music over at the Art-Music Forum (where many of Berger's works are available for download), which reveals that he composed 24(!) symphonies, among other compositions: http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,793.0.html

Thanks Kyle, and I appreciated your own contribution there too. The Symphony No. 10 for Organ and Orchestra sounds intriguing.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2013, 03:10:45 PM »
Thanks Kyle, and I appreciated your own contribution there too. The Symphony No. 10 for Organ and Orchestra sounds intriguing.

Thank you! Why haven't you been posting at the A-MF recently, Jeffrey? You know how much Colin and I (and others, I'm sure) appreciate your contributions! :)

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2013, 03:11:49 PM »
BTW the Symphony no. 10 for Organ and Orchestra is a strong work-one of the best I have heard from Berger yet!

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2013, 11:18:45 PM »
Thank you! Why haven't you been posting at the A-MF recently, Jeffrey? You know how much Colin and I (and others, I'm sure) appreciate your contributions! :)

No special reason Kyle. Pressure of work I guess but I will be back!
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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2013, 05:20:45 AM »
Another new name. Okay, I'll give one of his works a bashing over the next few days via the Naxos site.

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2013, 09:11:32 AM »
 ;D
Another new name. Okay, I'll give one of his works a bashing over the next few days via the Naxos site.

Let us know what you think.
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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2013, 09:40:04 AM »
Actually I'm now having trouble tracking him down- I thought Naxos had the CPO recordings but this isn't the case. On YT there's the Second symphony but it's an early work, there are 21 I think.

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2013, 11:18:35 AM »
There are three members who you can always count on to keep a thread about a super-obscure composer such as Berger alive: Jeffrey, Sean, and myself! ;D

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2013, 03:11:40 AM »
I was intrigued.  At first I thought that it was a new recording of music by Theodor Berger, an Austrian composer.



But Rumanian Wilhelm Georg seems to be a most rewarding discovery.  At JPC ( distributor of CPO) one can listen to fragments. http://www.jpc.de/

Thanks!

Peter

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2013, 08:00:28 AM »
There are three members who you can always count on to keep a thread about a super-obscure composer such as Berger alive: Jeffrey, Sean, and myself! ;D
I haven't heard this composer yet,but keep up the good work! :)

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2018, 04:07:40 PM »
+ 1 for the CPO disc of symphony no 4, which I discovered only last year. I was very impressed by this composer’s music.

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Re: Wilhelm Georg Berger (1929-1993)
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2018, 06:08:44 AM »
+ 1 for the CPO disc of symphony no 4, which I discovered only last year. I was very impressed by this composer’s music.
:)
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