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Abel: Symphonies, Opp. 1 & 4 / Willens, Kolner Akademie

Release Date: 03/23/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555137  
Composer:  Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two great musical dynasties of central Germany, the Bachs and the Abels, were closely entwined. Carl Friedrich Abel, the greatest of his clan, was a pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig and the friend and business partner of Bach’s youngest son, Johann Christian in London. Abel’s output of symphonies comprises over forty works, most of which were published in sets of six, the standard number for publications of sonatas, chamber works and concertos in the eighteenth century. A concert in his time would have a range of compositions by several composers and it is more likely that only one symphony would be played in a single evening. The present day listener should not feel guilty for indulging in these fine works one by one or out of Read more sequence. They are rich and delicate, and should be savored individually. Die Kolner Akademie is a unique ensemble based in Cologne which performs music of the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries on period instruments with world renowned guest soloists.They have receieved the highest acclaim for their outstanding performances at major festivals all over the world, many of which were broadcast live and filmed for television. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphonies (6), Op. 1 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Symphonies (6), Op. 4 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Quite delightfull August 18, 2018 By Ole Skaarseth See All My Reviews "It is a joy to listen to these small peaces. It is a bit unoriginal in my opinion, and I know a lot of stronger Baroque composers. But it is fun to listen to anyway, and the performance I brilliant." Report Abuse
 Fun and delightful April 13, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Carl Abel was a student of Johann Sebastian Bach and a business partner with his son Johann Christian. His music shares some of the qualities of the "London" Bach. The works on this collection come from two publications. Abel's Opus 1 was published in 1760, his Opus 4 two years later. Both sets feature short, three-movement works for the standard orchestra of the day. Abel's works sound a little heavy when compared to JC Bach's frothy style galante. Nevertheless, they're tuneful, well-constructed pieces that I found quite entertaining. The Opus 1 works are labeled symphonies, while the Opus 4 pieces are called overtures. These were interchangeable terms at the time. Both used the same fast-slow-fast structure. To my ears, the Opus 4 overtures sound a little lighter, so perhaps there was some distinction in Abel's mind. If you enjoy early Mozart and Haydn, you should find much to like in this release. The Kölner Akademie under Michael Willens delivers energetic performances. The Bach-Abel concerts were a sensation of the London music scene for almost thirty years. With works like these, it's easy to hear why." Report Abuse
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