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The 18th Century Symphony - Pleyel: Symphonies /Grodd, Et Al


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554696   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Uwe Grodd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The three symphonies by composer and music publisher Ignaz Pleyel featured on this disc illustrate the composer's strengths and weaknesses in equal measure. Pleyel's phrasing is Haydnesque overall, yet his all-too-frequent repetition of material, inelastic phrase lengths and formal squareness at times mar the composer's obvious melodic talent and contrapuntal ingenuity.
The Symphony in C major of 1778 is pleasant but otherwise unimpressive. The F minor symphony has a surprisingly Mozartian final movement, filled with playful caesuras and clever phrasings. Most impressive is the C minor, which from its operatic slow introduction to its rousing Presto never fails in the sureness of its harmonic and orchestral turns. This symphony's
Read more popularity in its day is illustrated by the unusually diverse number of publisher's arrangements of it, ranging from versions for 1 - 5 instruments to one for voice. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony in C major, B 128 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Uwe Grodd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786; Austria 
2. Symphony in F minor, B 138 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Uwe Grodd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
3. Symphony in C minor, B 121 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Uwe Grodd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony in C major, B. 128: I. Allegro molto spiritoso
Symphony in C major, B. 128: II. Adagio
Symphony in C major, B. 128: III. Minuetto: Allegretto
Symphony in C major, B. 128: IV. Rondeau: Allegro
Symphony in F minor, B. 138: I. Allegro con spirito
Symphony in F minor, B. 138: II. Andante grazioso
Symphony in F minor, B. 138: III. Minuetto: Allegretto
Symphony in F minor, B. 138: IV. Finale: Rondo
Symphony in C minor, B. 121: I. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony in C minor, B. 121: II. Adagio
Symphony in C minor, B. 121: III. Minuetto - Trio
Symphony in C minor, B. 121: IV. Finale: Presto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Pretty good but not GREAT. May 5, 2013 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "When I listen to these works I can't help but think Mozart had this composer in mind when he composed the 'Musical Joke'. No, I don't think these symphonies are crap, but their tonality is much like Mozart used in the Joke. Overall pleasing music but nothing spectacular." Report Abuse
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