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Holzbauer: Five Symphonies / Gaigg, L'orfeo Barockorchester


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999585   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


For more than 25 years Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-83) was the music director of the Court of Mannheim. Although his fame (and his appointment to his prestigious position) was the result of his operas, he also composed more than 205 symphonies and concertos of different kinds, most of which have been lost. The present release offers an interesting sampling of Holzbauer's large output. The Symphony in D major is in the style of early Haydn, yet features innovative compositional techniques--specifically tempo and key relationships--that anticipate Mozart's late symphonic works. The D minor symphony, the only one in a crowd of 40 D major symphonies, bears traces of Vivaldi in the first movement. The Overture
Read more to Holzbauer's opera Il figlio delle selve is presented here as the G major symphony in three distinguishable sections. The most compelling work in this collection is the Symphony in E-flat major with its juxtaposed tempos in the first movement, and a third movement that combines two minuets in one. Every piece on this disc has plenty to hold your attention and will keep you coming back. What's more, they receive brilliant and engaging performances by the L'Orfeo Barockorchester under the leadership of Michi Gaigg. CPO's clear and bright sound is the icing on the cake.

--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in D major, Op. 3 no 4 by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Bruckner-Conservatorium, Linz, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Symphony in D minor by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1749; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Bruckner-Conservatorium, Linz, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Symphony in A major, Op. 2 no 4 by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Bruckner-Conservatorium, Linz, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Symphony in G major by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1753; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Bruckner-Conservatorium, Linz, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
Symphony in E flat major, Op. 3 no 1 by Ignaz Holzbauer
Conductor:  Michi Gaigg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Bruckner-Conservatorium, Linz, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding Period Instrument Recording March 2, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The prolific Austrian-born composer Ignaz Holzbauer was a core member of the Mannheim School, which musicologists believe set the standard for mid-18th century orchestral music as the Baroque era evolved toward the early Classical period. Here, CPO presents five of Holzbauer's symphonies in a superb performance by the L'Orfeo Barockorchester. Structurally, these works are mostly 3 movement symphonies with a rather restricted dynamic range, but having substantial complexity in terms of melodic and thematic expression. CPO's sound is first class, allowing all the subleties of a small period instrument orchestra to shine forth. This is a very worthwhile recording, and I recommend it to all." Report Abuse
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