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Mannheim School - Concertos & Symphonies

Mannheimer Schule / Fey / Lencses
Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 5026   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl StamitzFranz Xaver RichterIgnaz HolzbauerChristian Cannabich
Performer:  Gunther TeuffelRobert DohnLajos Lencsés
Conductor:  Thomas FeyBohdan WarchalMichi GaiggViktor Lukas
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This isn't new material, but rather, a selective, fourfold re-release: the Stamitz appeared in 2004, the Richter in 1993, Holzbauer in 1999, and Cannabich in 1998. It makes for attractive listening, but lacks the kind of unity of expression that having, say, Reinhard Goebel leading the Musica Antiqua Köln in all selections could achieve. I'm not suggesting there is anything actually wrong here; but with four different conductors and orchestras, a certain disparity of musical viewpoint and personal approach can be expected.

This is exactly what occurs. The best of the lot is without question Michi Gaigg leading the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra with a gutsy energy and precision in fast movements and a Read more mellow delicacy in slow ones. High marks, too, go to Warchal and the Slovak Chamber Orchestra for the two Richter concertos. The ensemble uses modern rather than original instruments or reproductions, so the sound is less dramatic and more blended than the L'Orfeo Baroque players achieve. Still, Warchal spins out his slow movements with rare grace at a time when many exponents of 18th-century music think andante, adagio, and largo all mean "as quickly as possible." His two soloists are elegant and technically adept. Thomas Fey and the Heidelberg Symphony seem stiff and ill at ease in the slow movements of the Stamitz concertos, but they tear into the faster movements (especially a bracing pair of hunt finales) with relish; while Gunter Teuffel plays the devil out of his viola d'amore. Finally, Viktor Lukas doesn't seem to care much for any extremes of tempo or dynamics. So when the Andante of Cannabich's Symphony No. 59 leads directly into a Presto finale, the differences are relatively mild, and the results, muted.

Very good sound all around, and generic liner notes that don't do justice to this music. If you have an interest in any of these four composers, you may want to locate the original discs that contain additional material. All four are full-priced, save the Cannabich, available in the US on Naxos 8.553960. Otherwise, this set makes an effective introduction to some extremely interesting composers who never deserved to vanish under the looming shadows of Mozart and Haydn.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore no 1 in D major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Gunther Teuffel (Viola d'amore)
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore no 2 in D major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Gunther Teuffel (Viola d'amore)
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Flute in E minor by Franz Xaver Richter
Performer:  Robert Dohn (Flute)
Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/1991/02/1993 
Venue:  OPUS Studio 
Length: 21 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in F major by Franz Xaver Richter
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/1991/02/1993 
Venue:  OPUS Studio 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Symphony in D major, Op. 3 no 4 by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998-11/1998 
Venue:  Westdeutscher Rundfunk 
Length: 17 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Symphony in D minor by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1749; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1998-11/1998 
Venue:  Westdeutscher Rundfunk 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Symphony in A major, Op. 2 no 4 by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998-11/1998 
Venue:  Westdeutscher Rundfunk 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Symphony No. 63 in D major by Christian Cannabich
Conductor:  Viktor Lukas
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Bamberg Symphonie und Kongresshalle 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Symphony No. 59 in D major by Christian Cannabich
Conductor:  Viktor Lukas
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Bamberg Symphonie und Kongresshalle 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
Symphony No. 68 in B flat major by Christian Cannabich
Conductor:  Viktor Lukas
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Bamberg Symphonieund Kongresshalle 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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