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‘A richly endowed composer, selfless teacher, and a rare human being’ proclaims Robert Fuchs’ memorial stone, and this esteem is reflected in his astonishing roster of pupils – Mahler, Sibelius, Wolf and Korngold among them. His own compositions, though, have been overlooked, unaccountably so on the evidence of these lovely Serenades. The Third is quite Brahmsian with a wonderfully bracing Hungarian finale. No. 4 is a highly expressive and richly scored work, whilst No. 5 casts its net yet wider – with anticipations of Mahler, and joyous references to the Vienna of the Strauss family. Serenades Nos. 1 and 2 are available on Naxos 8572222.
Robert Fuchs: Serenade No. 3 in E minor, Op. 21
I. Romanze: Andante sostenuto
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Finale alla Zingarese: Allegro con fuoco
Robert Fuchs: Serenade No. 4 in G minor, Op. 51
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegretto grazioso
III. Menuett: Moderato amabile
V. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Robert Fuchs: Serenade No. 5 in D major, Op. 53
I. Adagio con espressione
II. Allegro grazioso
III. Allegretto amabile
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
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