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Antonio Meneses: Elgar Callo Concerto - Gál Cello Concerto
Violin Concerto & Concertino, Triptych - Vogel/Woods/Northern Sinfonia
Hans Gál: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonatas
Hans Gal String Quartets 2 vols (Edinburgh Quartet)
Hans Gál & Hans Krása: Complete String Trios
Hans Gal Piano Trios
Hans Gál: The Right Tempo
Hans Gal Complete Works for Solo Piano, Leon McCawley
Hans Gál Violin Sonatas and Suite
Hans Gál: Music for Cello
Through The Centuries
The Vienna Connection: Violin sonatas by Gál, Kornauth & Krenek
Hans Gál Music for Mandolin CD1
Music for Mandolin CD2
Zemlinsky, Goldmark & Gál: Klaviertrios/Piano Trios
Classic Sax
Hans Gal Orgelwerke
Late Romantics
Modern Times: Songs by Schreker, Gál, Goldschmidt, Eisler, Korngold, Zemlinsky & Grosz
British Recorder Concertos
Hans Gal Complete Piano Duos
Der Ochse auf dem Dach
Twenty Four Preludes, Aladar Racz
Trails of Creativity: Music from between the Wars - Vienna-Berlin-London 1918-1938
Portraits
Hans Gal Piano Music (Martin Jones)
Gal: Cello Suite, Scottish Rhapsodies; Brahms: Cello Sonata in D. Rust & Blum
Voices in Exile: Choral music by Jean Berger & Hans Gál
Fagott und Violoncello
Continental Britons: Music by Wellesz, Spinner, Goldschmidt, Gellhorn, Tauský, Gál, Seiber, Reizenstein & Rankl.
Hans Gal and Egon Wellesz
Paths: Oboe works by Haas, Wolpe & Gál
Neue Kammermusik: Werke von Hans Gál
Virtuoso Mandolin
Donaueschingen 1926
Streifzüge
Oesterreich-Ungarn. Oboe works by Gál, Takacs & Seiber
Foliage
Echoes from Austria
Amber Trio Jerusalem
Klaus/Barrett: Brahms/Gal Clarinet Sonatas
Music for Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Cantium Winds
Brahms: the 2 Clarinet Sonatas - Gál: Clarinet Sonata
Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder

Hans Gál - Robert Schumann
Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods

Gál: Symphony No.1
(D)
Schumann: Symphony No.1

Avie AV2233
2014


"Time was there were no Gál symphonies in the catalogue (indeed, precious little of his music at all), yet with this disc we now have not just two recordings of the First (1927) but the first integral cycle of the four. All credit to Avie for issuing these (including the rival accounts of Nos 1 and 2 conducted by Thomas Zehetmair). The First Symphony is a vibrantly Classical (not neo-classical) score written by a young master in the traditional medium also espoused by Franz Schmidt, whose Third Symphony pipped Gál’s First in the Austrian section of the Columbia Gramophone Company’s Schubert Centenary Competition.

The four movements follow a conventional pattern with the ‘Burleske’ scherzo placed second. Woods and the Orchestra of the Swan have Gál’s style so completely under their hands now that they sound as if they had been playing this music all their lives. Zehetmair and the Northern Sinfonia set a high benchmark in their pioneering account and it remains a fine account, but the newcomer surpasses it. Compare just the opening bars, where Woods and the Swan players achieve a smoothness of flow to Gál’s opening that leaves Zehetmair’s sounding a tad lacking, or the opening Moderato’s close with its unlikely foreshadowing of Shostakovich. This account is a joy to hear from start to exuberant finish, perfectly paced and superbly played.

The coupling of Schumann’s Spring Symphony is a delight, too. There is no obvious connection between the two works but the Orchestra of the Swan play it as if the pairing were the most natural in the world, giving Zinman and the Tonhalle a real run for their money. Avie’s sound is splendidly balanced, warm and clear. Very strongly recommended. "

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, June 2014