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Abel: Symphonies, Op. 7 / Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt


Release Date: 04/07/2017 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777993  
Composer:  Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not even thirty years separated Carl Friedrich Abel’s Symphonies op. 7 from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last three symphonies and the Jupiter finale that Johann Christian Bach would hail as a “triumph of new musical artistry” already in 1803. The genre of the symphony had quickly developed into one of the most magnificent genres for musical statements. What makes Abel’s symphonies so unique among those of his contemporaries is not their first movements in what was later known as the “sonata form” or their last movements, which without exception are formed, usually in rondo structure, by dances of folk character like fast contredanses and minuets, but rather their slow middle movements, mostly with the heading “Andante” and frequently “sempre Read more piano” in dynamics, which speak a new and thoroughly individual musical language. Here we are referring not primarily to the examples of the style galant or empfindsamer Stil found in the Symphonies in G major and C major but to the absolutely “hymnic” movements of song character scored exclusively for strings like those in the Symphonies in B flat major and F major. Their almost “proto-Elgarian” tone has what it takes to stir human hearts! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 3 in D major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 
2.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 2 in B flat major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 
3.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 1 in G major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 
4.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 6 in E flat major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 
5.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 4 in F major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 
6.
Symphonies (6), Op. 7: no 5 in C major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; London, England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A fun hour of pleasant music April 18, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Way back in 1998 Michael Schneider and La Stagione Frankfurt recorded Carl Friedrich Abel's op. 10 Symphonies of 1771 for CPO, and now they're back for more, with the 1769 Op. 7 set, due to be released on April 7, 2017. The op. 10 symphonies are the epitome of the galant style, with infectious rhythms and pleasing surprises; you get more of the same with op. 7. The real difference is that everyone's understanding of what Historically Informed Performance means for mid- to late-18th century music has evolved in the past couple of decades. There's a new freedom here, a freshness and energy that wasn't there to the same degree in the past. Sure, there's more than a bit of the generic about this music, but it's a sound I happen to like. Themes and passages have a way of repeating, perhaps more so in op. 7 than in the more personal and individualized symphonies of op. 10. But this is a fun hour of pleasant music." Report Abuse
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