Author Topic: Egon Wellesz(1885-1974)  (Read 10861 times)

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Offline Maestro267

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Re: Egon Wellesz(1885-1974)
« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2022, 12:52:16 PM »
Very impressed with all of these works. There is something of interest in all of them. I went into the early symphonies expecting them to sound like Bruckner, a composer who is a bit hit-and-miss with me. But there is enough 20th-century harmonic exploration and colour to make them interesting to me.

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Re: Egon Wellesz(1885-1974)
« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2022, 01:28:10 PM »
I have the entire set. My personal favorites are 2, followed by 5. But it really depends on your taste and I am sure reactions from every listener will be different.
2 is my favourite as well.
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Re: Egon Wellesz(1885-1974)
« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2022, 02:14:20 PM »
I seem to remember reading that around the 4th Wellesz went through a stylistic change, and the symphonies written after the 4th were more atonal than the earlier ones.  But I haven't listened to the symphonies much, even though I own the complete set, since my main interest with Wellesz has been the string quartets and other chamber music, solo piano, as well as lieder.

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Re: Egon Wellesz(1885-1974)
« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2022, 02:43:55 PM »
I go through each of them once before I return to them. Same way I deal with most symphony cycles.

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