Marx: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (CD)

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Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Steven Sloane

Joseph Marx was one of the leading figures of Austrian musical culture during his lifetime, but his music was out of step with 20th-century Modernism and most of his music disappeared from concert programmes after his death. The Natur-Trilogie is a richly impressionistic work that brims with lyrical passion, portraying the moods of Marx’s untouched native landscapes while displaying his magical feel for harmony and orchestration. This recording’s original release was the first time the Natur-Trilogie had been heard in its complete and original form, and was considered ‘a major discovery’ by MusicWeb International.

This recording was first released in 2003 on the ASV label, and is the first in a four-volume set of Joseph Marx’s orchestral works to be re-released on Naxos. Of the original release, MusicWeb International wrote: “This is unambiguously the work of a nature ecstatic. If you already count Bax’s nature canvasses among your favorite works, then you will be losing out if you do not get this excellent release.”

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Joseph Marx:

1. Symphonische Nachtmusik (Symphonic Night Music)

2. Idylle

3. Eine Frühlingsmusik (Spring Music)