KARL WEIGL (1881-1949): Symphony No. 1 in E, Op. 5, Bilder und Geschichten, Op. 2.
Catalogue Number: 05U001
Description: Weigl remained faithful to the late-Romantic aesthetic and use of tonality, shunning the more progressive contemporary trends being explored at the turn of the 20th century, as might be found in the music of Zemlinsky, Reznicek or Franz Schmidt. Weigl's style is well reflected in this program that pairs the first of his six symphonies, a four-movement work of 48 minutes (1908) with “Pictures and Tales”, a suite for small orchestra written in 1922. The symphony’s first movement begins like a Mahlerian summer pastoral landscape and a more active, expansive second theme follows. The burbling, almost burlesque scherzo, light on its feet, is actually the longest movement with a Richard Straussian bonhomie while the slow movement is ethereal and with a central section evoking a woodsy idyll with distant birdsong in the winds. The finale is light and balletic. The coupling is an orchestration of a five-piece piano work of fairy-tale sources whose brief representations include Snow White and Sleeping Beauty among others. Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Jürgen Bruns.