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We should no longer be amazed at the sheer number of unknown Swedish composers from the 19th century nor at Sterling's laudable work in resuscitating their music but surprises like this still delight. Rubenson studied in Leipzig with Gade (among others) and wrote his only symphony in 1847. Its first movement, not surprisingly, has a lot of Mendelssohn and Schumann in it but there is a clear, northern feel to the second movement - a scherzo-like intermezzo with affinities to Gade and folk music and the finale is a deliciously rumbustious concoction in the vein of Mendelssohn's "Scottish" music. Although he wrote no more symphonies, Rubenson did write two three-movement symphonic works: the Intermezzo dates from 1860 and uses many more folk motifs while still retaining a Schumannian Romanticism. The 3 pièces (1871) are, in effect, a suite of symphonic dances, alternating folkish themes with salon style. All lovers of Gade, Schumann and Mendelssohn will be in Sterling's debt for this fine release.        (exerpts)
Disc No: CDS-1029-2
Price: Sek. 185
Name: Albert Rubenson


ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Albert Rubenson   Symphony in C C major Umeå Symphony Orchestra - Roy Goodman
Albert Rubenson   Symphonic Intermezzo G minor
Albert Rubenson   3 Pièces Symphoniques  
Albert Rubenson   Drapa  

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