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Franz Ignaz Beck: Symphonies Op. 4, Nos. 4-6 & Op. 3, No. 5


Release Date: 12/09/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573249   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Ignaz Beck
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The court at Manneheim, one of Europe’s great 18th-century musical centers, provided myriad opportunities for creative development. Having absorbed the ideas of his teacher, Johann Stamitz and other luminaries, Beck wrote a series of symphonies notable for their dramatic contrasts, breadth and sweep, the progressive inclusion of the woodwinds and a willingness to explore expressive intensity. His progressive use of woodwind instruments in the Symphony in G major, Op. 4 No. 5 is among the notable developments to be heard in this second recording of Beck symphonies by Marek Štilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic. The court at Manneheim, one of Europe’s great 18th-century musical centers, provided myriad opportunities for creative development. Having absorbed the ideas of his teacher, Johann Stamitz and other luminaries, Beck wrote a series of symphonies notable for their dramatic contrasts, breadth and sweep, the progressive inclusion of the woodwinds and a willingness to explore expressive intensity. His progressive use of woodwind instruments in the Symphony in G major, Op. 4 No. 5 is among the notable developments to be heard in this second recording of Beck symphonies by Marek Štilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonie (6), Op. 4: no 4 in D major by Franz Ignaz Beck
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; France 
2.
Sinfonie (6), Op. 4: no 5 in G major by Franz Ignaz Beck
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; France 
3.
Sinfonie (6), Op. 4: no 6 in E flat major by Franz Ignaz Beck
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; France 
4.
Sinfonie (6), Op. 3: no 5 in D minor by Franz Ignaz Beck
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Beck Symphonies Anticipate Mozart February 13, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Franz Ignaz Beck was part of the Mannheim School of the mid-1700's. It was there that Johann Stamitz and his colleagues and students developed the language of the modern symphony, particularly with their use of dramatic contrasts and crescendos (the famed "Mannheim Rocket"). Beck was a student of Stamitz, and fully embraced the new innovations. He spent most of his professional life in France, where (until the Revolution), he enjoyed great success. Compared to Mozart and Haydn's mature efforts, Beck's symphonies don't seem to completely jell. But they're still enjoyable. I found them both engaging and enlightening. It's easy to assume that Mozart's musical genius sprang out of nowhere, but recordings like this remind us that a good deal of the foundation for his music had already been laid. Anyone who likes early Haydn and Mozart should find much to enjoy in the music of Beck." Report Abuse
 Nice Recording January 3, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This new Naxos CD follows up the recent recording by Marek Stilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Franz Beck's Op. 4 (1-3) sinfonias. Like the earlier set, this one is a joy to hear, with its classical structures and rigorous thematic development. If you are at all interested in 18th century classical music just prior to the Haydn/Mozart era, I think you will like this fine disk. Recommended." Report Abuse
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