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Kalliwoda: Symphonies / Bernius, Stuttgart Hofkapelle


Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 677061   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having already raved about CPO's rival recording of Kalliwoda's fabulous Symphony No. 5, I can say with absolute certainty that this competing version is equally good. Frieder Bernius chooses fractionally slower tempos, and his band doesn't have quite the same "period" tang that Christoph Spering's does, but this version is hardly less exciting thanks to prominent winds and timpani, as well as a firm rhythmic underpinning the propels the music inexorably forward. Indeed, in the first movement the extra spaciousness gives the climaxes even more power as well as clarity, so it's really matter of personal taste. Given the importance of the music as a sort of gateway to the early romantic symphony, having two different views hardly Read more counts as a negative.

Symphony No. 6, in a bucolic F major, is a big piece lasting nearly 40 minutes. It really is amazing how well Kalliwoda sustains the intensity and interest of its 13-minute-long opening movement, while the big-boned scherzo would have made Beethoven proud. The music is more relaxed than its predecessor, or the "Sturm und Drang" Symphony No. 7 found on the CPO disc (actually composed earlier, but withheld from publication by the composer), but otherwise it's just as full of melodic and textural interest as those other works. I reiterate what I said previously: for several decades Kalliwoda was considered by his contemporaries to be the classic example of a fine, post-Beethoven German symphonist. The music sustains this high opinion at every point, and while I still think the CPO release makes the best introduction to Kalliwoda's work, you certainly won't be disappointed with this very well played, vividly recorded Orfeo production. I'm happy to keep both.

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

1.
Symphony no 5 in B minor, Op. 106 by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Bohemia 
2.
Symphony no 6 in G minor, Op. 132 by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Bohemia 

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