Now Playing: Vienna Radio Symphony/ Rabl
Topic: Egon Wellesz
Performer(s): Wellesz, Rabl, Rso Wien
Label: Cpo Records
Egon Wellesz isn't exactly a household name, but cpo is apparently planning to record all 9 of his symphonies. (Two other disc are currently available--if you can find them--containing #s 2 & 9 and # 4, 6 & 7. Presumable numbers 3 & 5 will be along eventually.) They trace a clear path from Mahlerian late romanticism into a more abstract, more chromatic style that is difficult to differentiate from a lot of other "academic" composers of the mid-20th century.