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« Reply #75 on: August 11, 2013, 07:11:20 pm »

I have just discovered this article about the british premieres of Sulek second symphony and Hartmann fourth. I don't know if political ideology is an obsession of the author or of the time :
This is doubly interesting, of course for mentioning a British performance of a Šulek symphony, but also for dismissing Hartmann's Fourth which is, by now, widely acknowledged as one of the best symphonies for strings from last century.

To me, Šulek's second symphony is undoubtedly a work of hope, but of a totally different kind from most celebratory post-war Soviet symphonies. I find Dešpalj's performance from a few years ago one of his most inspired. He does manage to convey the anguish in the highly chromatic second movement, the frenzy of the subsequent march (one of my friends found it to be sub-Shostakovich, probably the latter's 7th, but I fully disagree) and the almost unreal classicism of the conclusion, bar the final modal ambiguity. This, in retrospect, is one of Šulek's most excessive works, but it does hit its target, to me anyway (the same could be said of such different works as Atterberg's Sinfonia funebre or Panufnik's Sinfonia sacra).
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