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Dittersdorf, Stamitz: Concertos / Hortnagel, Lemmen, Storck, Zukerman


Release Date: 09/01/2003 
Label:  Vox   Catalog #: 62   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Ditters von DittersdorfCarl Stamitz
Performer:  Georg HörtnagelGünter LemmenHelga StorckGeorge Zukerman
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though much of his life was devoted to opera, Dittersdorf was obviously a string player at heart; and no eighteenth-century string player could get far without writing a fair ration of concertos. Nor did the concertos have to be exclusively for the violin. Vivaldi might not have been much impressed, but the rest of us can take joy in Dittersdorf's more eccentric choices of soloist from time to time.

A bass concerto, for example! Here is something for the library, as Hörtnagel steers his rather broad-beamed ship through previously uncharted channels, disclosing in the process some uncannily in-tune double stopping, as well as some resourceful and effective harmonics (and as well an occasional difference of opinion with
Read more the conductor about suitable tempo). For the Sinfonia Concertante Hörtnagel is joined by Granter Lemmen on viola, the pair of them playing duets as cheerfully as if it were daily routine (indeed the resemblance to the sound of a violin and 'cello double concerto played at too slow a turntable speed is sometimes uncanny).

More familiar tasks await Helga Storck in the harp concerto. For all this figuration is only too well known from the piano music of the period; a separate technique of harp writing had hardly yet been thought up (and certainly wasn't, even by Mozart when about this time he had the opportunity put in his lap). Yet if the ear can be closed to the blur resulting from all those undamped scales the sound is an attractive as well as certainly an unusual one.

The varied soloists are all well supported by the orchestra, and well balanced with it in a recording which (except in one or two moments when the harp seems to catch the mike) is good in both mono and an agreeably crisp stereo. The Sinfonia Concertante is divided between the two sides of the disc; but each of the concertos proper is complete and undivided.

-- Gramophone [3/1966]
reviewing the original LP release of the Dittersdorf works
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Double Bass in E major by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
2. Sinfonia concertante for Viola and Double Bass by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  Günter Lemmen (Viola), Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
3. Concerto for Harp in A major by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  Helga Storck (Harp)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
4. Concerto for Bassoon in F major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  George Zukerman (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 The under appreciated Ditters von Dittersdorf March 30, 2012 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews " Ditters von Dittersdorf was a contemporary of Haydn and Mozart and has unfortunately been overshadowed by them. Here is a first rate classical composer of extraordinarily beautiful music. The shame is that so many people who enjoy classical music know so little, if anything, about him. There is the tendency only to want to hear the "famous" composers like Beethoven and Verdi and then only their "famous" works. As a result, composers like Ditters von Differsdorf do not get the attention which they rightfully deserve either in the concert hall or in the opera house or in classical radio broadcasts.
I highly recommend that people who enjoy classical music listen to the music of
Ditters von Dittersdorf. It will be a pleasant eye opener and a most enjoyabale day or night of classical music!
Carl Stamitz is another under appreciated classical composer who also wrote beautiful music.
And there are many others.

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