Notes and Editorial Reviews
Consistent quality - approved and appreciated.
"Hans Stadlmair may not be one of the most familiar names on the conductor’s rostrum, but as artistic director of the Münchener Kammerorchester from 1956 to 1995 he had nearly four decades in order to make innumerable concert tours, radio broadcasts, and a wide variety of commercially available recordings, including the complete symphonies of Joseph Joachim Raff. I first came across his work with some of the more ‘novelty’ works of Leopold Mozart on an Orfeo CD which has a fun recording of the ‘Peasant Wedding’ Sinfonia, which includes bagpipes and a hurdy-gurdy in the outer movements. The brightly refreshing and refined orchestral sound Stadlmair obtains from his
band is consistent through all of these recordings, making for a pleasurable listening experience even where the staying power of the music itself is not necessarily of the highest order. I’m not sure how much attention we would be paying to Leopold Mozart if he wasn’t the father of Wolfgang Amadeus, but as things go we probably have quite enough to keep us going right here.
Really? Is this fair? Starting with TUDOR 7066, the sense of fun and lightness of touch we know and love from Haydn isn’t so very far from what we hear in the Divertimento Militare. True, the fife and drum effects aren’t particularly subtle, but there are some fine melodic touches, and I love those little wobbly horn trills which add colour to some otherwise repetitive rondos. Humour is an even stronger element in the Sinfonia Burlesca, with some gorgeously novel elements: what now seem banal musical platitudes would have appealed greatly as ‘wrong’ or highly amusing aspects to this piece, and even now we can relish the heavy octave tread of the bassoon and some elegant lampooning of antique styles.
The Sinfonia Pastorella introduces the Alphorn or ‘Corno Pastoriccio’, and some delicious sonorities. The alphorn has a limited repertoire of notes, and Leopold weaves some strange harmonic inventions to keep up interest in music which has no hope of modulating to interesting keys. The pastoral feel is strongest in the final Presto which has several elements prescient of the peasant dances in Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. One thing this CD is not short of is the key of G major, and the lively ‘Lambacher’ symphony is a rousing end to a fine orchestral disc. Dr. Peter Keller’s useful booklet notes point out that this four movement work is not to be confused with W.A. Mozart’s K45a three movement ‘Lambacher’ symphony, composed in the only part of The Hague now rich in second-hand and discount CD shops.
Stadlmair ensures that there is a clear continuo presence in his orchestral sound, and the harpsichord helps to ensure that all of these well recorded works come up fresh and smelling of roses."
-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
Symphony in G major, G 5 by Leopold Mozart
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Written: circa ?1751; Austria
Symphony in G major "New Lambach" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1768; Salzburg, Austria
Notes: This work was most likely composed by Leopold Mozart.
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