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Kozeluch: Symphonies, Vol. 1 / Stilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573627  
Composer:  Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you enjoy fluent, finely crafted classical period symphonies then this well-played, well-recorded disc is for you. Kozeluch was one of a constellation of Czech symphonies active in eighteenth-century Vienna. His Bohemian roots show in his music’s innate tunefulness, as well as his free use of woodwind instruments. The only thing lacking is that flash of genius, those moments of the unexpected that make Haydn so memorable.

The four works here are nicely varied. The Symphony in C major (No. 6) includes trumpets and timpani. That in G minor has three movements; all of the others have four. Two works, the D major and C major symphonies, begin with impressive slow introductions. Development sections are fully worked out, and
Read more the slow movements really sing. Marek Stilic leads lively, smartly paced performances, and gets fine playing from the ensemble. This is music well worth getting to know, and I look forward to further releases in the series.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A Major by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 
2.
Symphony no 6 in C major by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D major by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 
4.
Symphony no 5 in G minor by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding! July 27, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Leopold Kozeluch was another of those supremely gifted Bohemian composers whose compositional output added an emphatic exclamation point to the definition of Classical Era music crystallized and perfected by Haydn and Mozart. The 4 symphonies on this excellent Naxos recording are vibrant, elegant affairs that display a master's touch. While it is easy to sense the presence of late 18th century Viennese brilliance in these symphonies, please do not assume they are mere slavish imitations of Mozart. Kozeluch had his own personal style, as this recording makes abundantly clear. Performed with grace and wit by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice, this is a recording certain to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the many different faces (and melodies) of the Classical Age symphony. Recommended all the way" Report Abuse
 A Lucky and Fortunate Find May 23, 2017 By Maurice S. (Columbia, SC) See All My Reviews "Was not familiar with Czech music prior to this album, now I am very impressed. My wife is part-Czech and it was amazing how this album resonated with her. I guess music is in our DNA ;)" Report Abuse
 A new Bohemian symphonies series from Naxos March 18, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Leopold Koželuch is comfortably in the second rank of composers who look up - a fair way to be sure - to Mozart and Haydn. He rubs shoulders with Gluck, Michael Haydn, Rossetti and Kraus. He wrote a great deal of serious and accessible music, characterized by some melodic charm and honest craftsmanship. Occasionally lightning strikes and Koželuch produces something really memorable. I've been following Kemp English's complete piano music series for Grand Piano, and am more and more impressed as he gets to Koželuch's later sonatas. The composer's forays into Sturm und Drang are fascinating; Koželuch seemed to have his finger on the pulse of musical trends in Europe. I know Koželuch's symphonies from two recordings: by Concerto Köln from 2001 and The London Mozart Players from 1999. Both came from series that presented music by Haydn and Mozart's contemporaries: Leopold Mozart, Josef Myslivecek, Anton Salieri, William Herschel, Carl Stamitz and the like. Both of these series are absolutely superb. From them I learned so much about 18th century music - and incidentally about Haydn and Mozart themselves. This is volume one of a projected series of complete symphonies. It also carries the subtitle Czech Masters in Vienna, which I hope will point to more music by other Czech composers at work during Mozart and Haydn's lifetimes. The symphonies chosen here show the Bohemian composer veering between Haydn-like fun and Mozartian theatricality. The G minor Symphony is really outstanding; this is the closest Koželuch comes to Wolfgang Amadeus. The London Mozart Players version is hard to beat. Indeed, the new version is pitched at a lower dramatic temperature from the beginning. Marek Stilec leaves something in reserve for later in the movement. Alas, Koželuch is no Mozart, but the soft passage just before the end of the movement is very affecting and effective, and the new recording shines at that point. So now we have the beginnings of two very promising symphonic series from the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and Marek Stilec, of Michael Haydn and Leopold Koželuch. I'm really looking forward to future releases in both." Report Abuse
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