EYVIND ALNÆS (1872-1932): Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 7, Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43.
Catalogue Number: 02L001
Description: First, Hyperion recorded this composer's piano concerto in its Romantic Piano Concerto series; now his symphonies, which come from opposite ends of Alnæs' career. The 41-minute First is a youthful work of 1897 and carries proudly its echoes of Tchaikovsky (especially his Fourth) while also prefiguring Rachmaninovian lyricism in its first movement second subject. Its adagio is the most Nordic movement of the work, with the character of a Swedish folk song. The Second dates from 1923 and is rather pastoral in character, excepting a second movement funeral march (not terribly severe in itself) for a recently deceased friend, and which has a finale which uses a Norwegian folk halling motif. All of this is so attractively orchestrated and has such melodic richness and rhythmic infectiousness in its fast movements, that you may find this to be the best symphonic find of at least the last six months. Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; Terje Mikkelsen.