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Baroque Bohemia & Beyond Vol 3 - Linek, Kozeluh, Brixi, Reicha


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Ignaz LinekLeopold Anton KozeluchFranz Xaver BrixiAnton Reicha,   ... 
Conductor:  Vojtech Spurny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the Czech composers to progress from baroque style to that of preclassicism, Brixi is now credited with preparing Prague for the subsequent arrival of Mozart whose operas and symphonies were to be performed there with such success. Koželuh was invited to replace Mozart as court Organist in Salzburg and later published Mozart’s famous G minor symphony… Rejcha befriended Beethoven in Vienna and later settled in Paris and taught Berlioz, Gounod, Franck and Liszt! … The Thirty Years War (1618-48) resulted in the Hapsburgs taking over the kingdom of Bohemia, but it was impossible to suppress the Czech love for music, a fact then exploited by the Austrian nobles who filled their new Bohemian estates with musical talent. Once government had Read more been transferred to Vienna, many Czech musicians moved away from their homeland to find work around Europe. As one Czech historian put it: ‘almost all the musical sources which welled up from the soil of Bohemia sped by the shortest course to join the main stream of the world’s music’… Some went to Vienna: Bárta, Koželuh, Vaňhal and the Vranickýs, but some, including the Benda family went to Berlin, others to Mannheim (eg Stamic and Richter). Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sinfonia pastoralis in C major by Georg Ignaz Linek
Conductor:  Vojtech Spurny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Bohemia 
2. Symphony no 5 in G minor by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Vojtech Spurny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 
3. Symphony in D major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Conductor:  Vojtech Spurny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
4. Symphony in E flat major, Op. 41 by Anton Reicha
Conductor:  Vojtech Spurny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1803; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding! March 3, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Musical Concepts (Alto) has issued a series of disks containing relatively unfamiliar orchestral works by Bohemian composers from the mid-to-late 18th century and very early 19th century. On several other disks in this series, the selections surveyed the Czech concept of music during the period of transition from the Baroque to the Classical periods. On this recording, 3 short symphonies and one sinfonia by Jiri Linek, Leopold Kozeluh, Frantisek Brixi, and Antonin Rejcha continue that tradition, with perhaps a stronger Classical era overtone. All of the selections exhibit the same aesthetic appeal- lively, melodic, and easy to absorb. A prime example of this is Jiri Linek's Sinfonia Pastoralis, the first work on the disk and one full of vitality and joyful innocence. Leopold Kozeluh's Symphony in G Minor is in the same kay as Mozart's great 40th symphony, and inded there is more than one detectable hint of commonality (in spirit if not in fact). Frantisek Brixi's short Symphony in D Major oozes with good cheer, and Antonin Rejcha's more lengthy Symphony in E Flat (about 23 minutes) is also the most advanced work of all four, both in terms of structure (4 movements) and orchestral resources employed. It almost brings to mind late Haydn or early Beethoven with its bold, sophisticated thematic statements. As usual, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra enhances the quality and appeal of the entire program with its sharp, focused performance. As one listens to this exuberant music, it is easy to see why Bohemia and Moravia produced composers and works which had such an influence throughout the rest of Europe during this time. In short, this disk is a very fine musical and historical treasure. Great stuff!" Report Abuse
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