Gade: Novelletter for Strings

Gade: Novelletter for Strings
Composer Niels Wilhelm Gade
Artist Arhus Chamber Orchestra
Ove Vedsten Larsen conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94185
EAN code 5028421941851
Release March 2011

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About this release

After Buxtehude in the 17th century and prior to Nielsen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Niels Gade (1817-1890) was the most famous Danish composer. His extraordinary 1st Symphony of 1843 was premiered in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus conducted by Mendelssohn, who promptly offered Gade a post at his new conservatory. Gade later conducted the premiers of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. His music (he composed 8 symphonies, the 5th having an important piano part, a violin concerto and a Spring Fantasy for piano, orchestra and voices and a quantity of chamber and orchestra works) is superbly crafted, romantic but with a classical poise and form. The influence of his friends Mendelssohn and Schumann can be detetected, but there is a very definate Scandinavian feel to his music. Schumann wrote that he could detect ‘the lovely beechwoods of Denmark’ in Gade’s music.

The 2 Novelletten are among his most successful works. Beautifully crafted, elegant and warm they are rewarding discoveries, and a good introduction to this neglected but important figure in 19th century Scandinavian music.

Other information:
• Recording made by Paula Records in 1981
• Booklet notes

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Novellette No. 1 in F, Op. 53: I. Andantino – Allegro vivace e grazioso
  2. Novellette No. 1 in F, Op. 53: II. Scherzo: Moderato
  3. Novellette No. 1 in F, Op. 53: III. Andantino con moto
  4. Novellette No. 1 in F, Op. 53: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. Novellette No. 2 in E, Op. 58: I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Novellette No. 2 in E, Op. 58: II. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
  7. Novellette No. 2 in E, Op. 58: III. Andante espressivo
  8. Novellette No. 2 in E, Op. 58: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio