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Le Chevalier De Saint-georges: Complete Symphonies Concertantes Vol 1 / Vilimec, Malat, Pilsen Po


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Avenira   Catalog #: 276017   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Jiri ZilakMiroslav VilimecMichal Pospisil
Conductor:  Jiri MalátFrantisek Preisler Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is gracious, typically attractive music. It was composed in the mid-1770s, and all four works feature two solo violins plus orchestra. Three symphonies have only two movements: a moderately paced opening (one is actually a real allegro), and a concluding Rondeau that gives the soloists plenty of opportunity to show off. Op. 6 No. 2, though, is a full-fledged symphony in three generous movements. It's very beautiful, with an Andante amoroso second movement very much in the style of Cherubini (thank God this isn't an "authentic" performance--it would sound abominable without a nice, healthy fund of vibrato).

The performances here are very good, certainly much more than provincial, and if perhaps the music lacks
Read more much contrast between movements, it's really the composer's fault for preferring moderate tempos in succession. The soloists are also all very good, and the engineers have balanced them quite naturally against the larger ensemble. A little of this music goes a long way; we expect more drama and tension than Saint George ever offers, but then none of these pieces is excessively long. If charm is what you're after, you might very well enjoy investigating this.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonies concertantes (2) for 2 Violins, Op. 6: no 1 in C major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Jiri Zilak (Violin), Miroslav Vilimec (Violin)
Conductor:  Jiri Malát
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
2.
Symphonies concertantes (2) for 2 Violins, Op. 6: no 2 in B flat major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Jiri Zilak (Violin), Miroslav Vilimec (Violin)
Conductor:  Jiri Malát
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
3.
Symphonies concertantes (2) for 2 Violins, Op. 9: no 1 in C major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Jiri Zilak (Violin), Michal Pospisil (Violin)
Conductor:  Frantisek Preisler Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
4.
Symphonies concertantes (2) for 2 Violins, Op. 9: no 2 in A major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Michal Pospisil (Violin), Jiri Zilak (Violin)
Conductor:  Frantisek Preisler Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 

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