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Donizetti: Double Concerto, Etc / Kovács, Camerata Budapest


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557492   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  József KissAgnes GirgasBéla KovácsImre Kovács,   ... 
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A collection of wholly agreeable music, stylishly written and elegantly performed. The emphasis is on charm, lyricism, and vivacity—something to serenade and divert the listener. Donizetti treats the soloists as vocalists; the music is always expressive. For the most part, this music is played in reconstructions and in others’ orchestrations. But all seems most sympathetically researched and, where necessary, edited and arranged. The Clarinet Concertino mixes pathos and good humor, and the hunting finale of the Oboe Concertino is ear catching. The work for English horn (cor anglais) was written for a now defunct instrument; the cor anglais sounds slightly uncomfortable here, despite the player’s best efforts, and is cast as a theme and Read more variations, the theme reminds of one used by Schubert in his music for Rosamunde. Beginning the CD is a short fancy for woodwind nonet, rather Mozartian, and closing the program is the most operatic music here, written for the funeral of a violinist, and culminating in the manner of a Rossini overture, with a crescendo. If the music appeals, then this release can be regarded as a winner. The recording is excellent: airy, tangible, and well defined.

Colin Anderson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Concertino for Oboe in F major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  József Kiss (Oboe)
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994) 
2. Concertino for English Horn in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Agnes Girgas (English Horn)
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994) 
3. Concertino for Clarinet in B flat major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Béla Kovács (Clarinet)
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994)
This work is a reconstruction from the composer's and copyist's
sketches by Richard Meylan. 
4. Sinfonia in D minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994) 
5. Sinfonia for Winds in G minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1817; Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994) 
6. Concertino for Flute and Orchestra in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Imre Kovács (Flute)
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994) 
7. Concertino for Violin and Cello in D minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  András Kiss (Violin), Judit Kiss Domonkos (Cello)
Conductor:  László Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Budapest
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/1994 - 06/11/1994)
This work is a reconstruction from the composer's and copyist's
sketches by Richard Meylan. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia a soli instrumenti di fiato in G minor (recon. B. Pauler): Sinfonia a soli instrumenti di fiato in G minor: Andante (recon. B. Pauler)
Flute Sonata in C minor (arr. W. Hoffmann): Flute Sonata (Concertino) in C minor: Largo - Allegro (orch. W. Hoffmann)
Oboe Sonata in F major (arr. W. Hoffmann): I. Andante
Oboe Sonata in F major (arr. W. Hoffmann): II. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Cello in D minor (recon. J. Wojciechowski): I. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Cello in D minor (recon. J. Wojciechowski): II. Andante
Concerto for Violin and Cello in D minor (recon. J. Wojciechowski): III. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
Cor Anglais Concertino in G major (arr. W. Hoffman): Cor Anglais Concertino in G major: Andante con variazioni
Clarinet Concerto in B flat major (reconstructed R. Meylan): I. Andante sostenuto
Clarinet Concerto in B flat major (reconstructed R. Meylan): II. Allegretto
Sinfonia per la Morte di Capuzzi in D minor (recon. M. Andreae): Sinfonia in D minor per la Morte di Capuzzi: Larghetto - Allegro vivace (recon. M. Andreae)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Opera composers can also write other excellent mu May 7, 2012 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews " Donizetti is known primarily for his operas but he wrote other excellent music some of which is in this CD. It's a delightful way to take a ride in the country or curl up with a favorite book or poem. It makes nice dinner music background.

Dr. Stephen Schoeman"
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