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Hill and Van Hoof

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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2019, 09:17:55 pm »

I'm afraid I rather agree with you.
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« Reply #16 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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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2019, 11:31:42 am »

The Symphony No.6 in B flat major by van Hoof was left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death. The first three movements were fully scored but van Hoof had only scored the first three bars of the Finale, an assertive brass fanfare playing for ten seconds. It is (or – rather – should have been) in four movements of broadly equal length.
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