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Contemporaries Of Mozart Collection - Symphonies / Bamert, London Mozart Players

Krommer / London Mozart Players / Bamert / Brown
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10628   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leopold Anton KozeluchFranz KrommerIgnace Joseph PleyelCarl Stamitz,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


CONTEMPORARIES OF MOZART: Symphonies Matthias Bamert, cond; London Mozart Players CHANDOS 10628 (5 CDs: 317:52)


KROMMER Symphonies: in D, op. 40 ; in c, op. 102. C. P. STAMITZ Symphonies: in F, op. 24/3 ; in C, op. 13/5 ; in G, Read more op. 13/4 ; in D. PLEYEL Symphonies: in C, op. 66 ; in G, op. 68 ; in d. KOZELUCH Symphonies: in D; in g; in F. WRANITZKY Symphonies: in D, op. 36 ; in c, op. 11. Grand Characteristic Symphony for the Peace with the French Republic, op. 31


This is a compilation of five previous Chandos releases, issued in 1994 (Krommer), 1995 (Stamitz), 1997 (Pleyel), 1999 (Kozeluch), and 2002 (Wranitzky). Of the last, I wrote in Fanfare 25:6 that the performances were “first rate, with a fine attention paid to dynamics and orchestration,” and that is as true for all five discs in this set. There is an obvious enthusiasm for all the music that the London Mozart Players perform. Matthias Bamert shows an appreciation for the occasional harmonic or rhythmic felicity that makes his affection for these works apparent, and anything but a matter of dusting off old manuscripts that should be left to molder for another century.


I think that my one complaint at the time remains true for the Wranitzky and Pleyel, however: a tendency on the conductor’s part to shy “away from realizing the emotional heart of these compositions.” He does this by playing occasional slow movements at tempos that work against their expressive content—such as the Adagio affetuoso in Wranitzky’s Grand Characteristic Symphony taken instead at an “uninflected, moderate jog.” It is the only failing of these performances, and not as great a problem in these recordings of Krommer, Stamitz, and Kozeluch.


Bamert and his musicians have gone on to record numerous other works of the same general era, notable for its diversity of development and broad range of talent, including symphonies by Hoffmeister, Gyrowetz, Herschel, Marsh, and Gossec, among others. Presumably a second volume of this content could be made available; hopefully, it will. With good sound and the liner notes from each release included in one booklet, this is definitely recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal


Contemporaries of Mozart also were contemporaries of Haydn, a comparison perhaps more applicable in the case of the works collected here. The sole exception may be Carl Stamitz, who came out of the Mannheim tradition inaugurated by his father. I guess Mozart has more cachet. Never mind: these are very appealing performances of some really enjoyable music. Does it have a certain generic “classical” quality? Perhaps, but there are also distinctive works, such as Wranitzky’s Grand Characteristic Symphony for the Peace with the French Republic, Krommer’s impressive C minor Symphony, and Stamitz’s “La Chasse”. Having all five of these discs together in a box, one disc to each composer, allows you to pad out your classical-period symphony collection with little effort, and a big reward in terms of musical value.

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

1.
Symphony no 3 in D major by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 
2.
Symphony no 5 in G minor by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 
3.
Symphony no 4 in F major by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1787; Bohemia 
4.
Symphony no 2, Op. 40 by Franz Krommer
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 4, Op. 102 by Franz Krommer
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony in C major, B 154/Op. 66 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1803; Austria 
7.
Symphony in G major, B 156/Op. 68 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1804; Austria 
8.
Symphony in D minor, B 147 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1791; Austria 
9.
Symphonies (6), Op. 13/16: no 5 in C major by Carl Stamitz
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777 
10.
Symphonies (6), Op. 13/16: no 4 in G major by Carl Stamitz
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777 
11.
Symphony in D major "La chasse" by Carl Stamitz
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1772 
12.
Symphonies (3), Op. 24: no 3 in F major by Carl Stamitz
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786; Germany 
13.
Symphony in D major, Op. 36 by Pavel Vranicky
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1786-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Pavel Vranicky also published under the name Paul Wranitzky (1756-1808). 
14.
Symphony in C major, Op. 11 by Pavel Vranicky
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1786-1805; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Grande sinfonie caracteristique pour la paix avec la Republique françoise, Op. 31 by Pavel Vranicky
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1797; Vienna, Austria 

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