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Kozeluch: Symphonies, Vol. 3 / Stilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic


Release Date: 12/13/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574047  
Composer:  Leopold Anton KozeluchLeopold Kozeluch
Performer:  Filip Dvořák
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In addition to his influence as a pianist and leading keyboard composer in Vienna, the Bohemian Leopold Kozeluch wrote an important body of symphonies that rank among the most significant of their time. The four examples here, heard in original, corrected editions, show consummate mastery of proportion, instrumental control and thematic development and all exude characteristic freshness and sophistication. The Symphony in B flat, titled L’Irresolu is especially noteworthy not only as his most unusual work in the genre but for its sheer boldness of expression. Volumes 1 and 2 can also be heard on Naxos. In addition to his influence as a pianist and leading keyboard composer in Vienna, the Bohemian Leopold Kozeluch wrote an important body of symphonies that rank among the most significant of their time. The four examples here, heard in original, corrected editions, show consummate mastery of proportion, instrumental control and thematic development and all exude characteristic freshness and sophistication. The Symphony in B flat, titled L’Irresolu is especially noteworthy not only as his most unusual work in the genre but for its sheer boldness of expression. Volumes 1 and 2 can also be heard on Naxos. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 11 in B flat major "L'irresoluto" by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Performer:  Filip Dvořák (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Period: Classical 
2.
Symphony no 10 in A major "ŕ la françese" by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Performer:  Filip Dvořák (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1780; Bohemia 
3.
Symphony No. 9 in C Major by Leopold Kozeluch
Performer:  Filip Dvořák (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
4.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major by Leopold Kozeluch
Performer:  Filip Dvořák (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Pure Fun! February 9, 2020 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Dean Frey's review of this fine new Naxos disk. There is nothing terribly sophisticated about these relatively short symphonies from Leopold Kozeluch, but so what? The infectious, light-hearted spirit of the Classical Era shines brightly in these four symphonies. It almost seems that conductor Marek Stilec and his Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice were born to the task of recording these works. We can debate all day long as to whether or not Kozeluch measures up to the standards of Haydn or Mozart, but one thing is beyond dispute. Kozeluch is a composer who demands to be heard, and this Naxos disk demonstrates my assertion clearly. Great recording of music that is guaranteed to delight! Solid recommendation for this one!!" Report Abuse
 Clever, charming, dynamic symphonies January 5, 2020 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "I keep expecting the Leopold Kozeluch Symphonies series from Marek Stilec on Naxos to run out of steam, but with each new release I'm surprised by how clever, dynamic and absolutely charming the works of this Bohemian composer are. Born between Haydn and Mozart, Kozeluch's works share many of both composers' strengths: strong forward propulsion, clear structures and rich harmonies, but also surprising detours, touches of wit and whimsy, and a strong sense of musical story-telling. "Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine, the life, the soul of reading!" says Laurence Sterne, "Take them out and one cold eternal winter would reign in every page." I believe the same thing can be said for music, and Kozeluch's B-flat Major Symphony, "Irrésolu" is a perfect example. Like Haydn's Symphony no. 60, "Il distrato", this work includes extra-musical content, but as a characteristic symphony rather than a programmatic one. Again like Haydn, Kozeluch has no need for extra-anything; his abstract orchestral music is so dynamic and vital on its own. But a connection to literature and the stage never hurts, and adds further charm to this already charming music. Kozeluch's music, while in the orbit of the two great Austrian composers, has its own character, which once again is so pleasingly brought forward by Stilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice. The fourth and final release in this project, which comes in 2020, will, I hope, finally help raise Leopold Kozeluch's reputation to something approaching his true worth." Report Abuse
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