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Hill and Van Hoof

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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2019, 06:37:04 am »

I've listened to all the Hill (the ones that are recorded) and van Hoof's symphonies. I understand the criticism of the string quartets arrangements for orchestra/string orchestra of the former, but there are some that are very good and somewhat memorable, e.g. 3, 5, 7-10. Another detail about it is the performances quality. Most of them don't do justice to the music. To mention an example, the No. 2 is an uplifting utterance, but the only recording I'm aware of is sadly rather weak. Anyway, we should be thankful with what we have, I guess.

On the other hand, van Hoof benefits from better interpretations. The symphonies 1, 2 and 4 are the most consistent IMO, sounding a bit like Strauss, though. The 6th Symphony has a too short last movement, lasting just 10 seconds, which makes me think that the composer couldn't finish it.
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