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The 18th Century Symphony - Sperger: String Symphonies


Release Date: 03/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554764   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Mathias Sperger
Conductor:  Peter Zajicek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Aterna Bratislava
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's hard to imagine why Naxos waited so long to issue this outstanding disc. The jewel case data states that the recording was made in January 1992, and with so little by Johannes Sperger (1750-1812) in the current catalogs, such elegant performances of three of his symphonies undoubtedly would have created a favorable impression. As it is, this is yet another thoroughly worthy inclusion in the Naxos 18th Century Symphony survey. Presumably the vastly more expensive "Contemporaries of Mozart" series from Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players eventually will get around to Sperger as well. But for the present, these delectable authentic instrument performances by Musica Aeterna Bratislava should satisfy your curiosity if Read more (like me) you're fascinated by the backroom boys of the classical epoch.


Known principally for his virtuosity as a double-bassist, Sperger wrote a number of concertos, some chamber-music, and completed some 45 symphonies as well, none of which have been commercially available on CD before now. Most of these works date from the years 1777-83, the period of Sperger's tenure as chamber musician to the musical establishment of Prince Joseph von Batthyányi in Pressburg. Appropriately, it's a group of performers from this same city--today known as Bratislava--that's heard to such convincing effect in these accounts of symphonies in C, F, and B-flat major, each of which are scored for strings and continuo alone. Polished, vigorous playing and a brightly-lit recording that's naturally balanced make this a desirable budget offering. Recommended.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Strings in C major by Johann Mathias Sperger
Conductor:  Peter Zajicek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Aterna Bratislava
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Classical Manor House, Dolná Krupá 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Symphony for Strings in F major by Johann Mathias Sperger
Conductor:  Peter Zajicek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Aterna Bratislava
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Classical Manor House, Dolná Krupá 
Length: 26 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Symphony for Strings in B flat major by Johann Mathias Sperger
Conductor:  Peter Zajicek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Aterna Bratislava
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Classical Manor House, Dolná Krupá 
Length: 23 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony in C major: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony in C major: II. Andante
Symphony in C major: III. Finale: Presto
Symphony in F major: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony in F major: II. Minuetto - Trio
Symphony in F major: III. Finale: Allegro
Symphony in B flat major: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony in B flat major: II. Minuetto - Trio
Symphony in B flat major: III. Finale: Prestissimo

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