HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 30, FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Symphony No. 6 in C, D 589.
Catalogue Number: 05M008
Description: First, yes, it's horrifying that this series is going to be a Gal/Schubert coupling when money is tight and you have far more Schubert symphony recordings on your shelves than you need. But it's not like you're going to have a competing Gál symphony cycle anytime soon, at least in this universe. So, here's Gál's first, dating from 1927, firmly in the great Viennese line from Schubert (the point the coupling is making, although one could make it in print only...) through Mahler to Zemlinsky. Here and there, the harmonies and tonality are modern enough to make you think of the latter; elsewhere, particularly in the lovely Elegie slow movement, it's the two former composers who will come to mind. Regardless, it's a very attractive, completely tonal 20th century symphony of 30 minutes length and it's the first in what is presumably going to be a cycle of all four of his symphonies; No. 2 will be in either June or July's catalogue (coupled with the Schubert 9th on 2 CDs - so get your anger out of the way early!) Northern Sinfonia; Thomas Zehetmair.