Transcript of the "CD Review", BBC Radio 3 on March 15, 2003

Here is what Andrew McGregor said:

And here’s another orchestral recording that really surprised me. See if you can put a name to these sounds, from 1922: "Symphonic Night Music" from an orchestral "Nature Trilogy".

... [Opening five minutes of the "SYMPHONIC NIGHT MUSIC"]

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Firebird, anyone?! What you just heard was the first five minutes of a twenty-six minute tone poem called "Eine Symphonische Nachtmusik" – "Symphonic Night Music" – by the Austrian composer Joseph Marx, one of the most important figures in Viennese music in the first half of the 20th century and an active opponent of Schoenberg’s Second Viennese School, as you might have guessed from the sounds we just heard. The Bochum Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Sloane has recorded the whole of Marx’s "Nature Trilogy", the first time it’s been heard in its full form, and if those sounds had you salivating, this is a March release from ASV.

Andrew McGregor

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