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Rosetti: Oboe Concertos; Symphonies / Moesus, Meier, Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Rosetti / Meier / Zco / Moesus
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777631-2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Kurt Meier
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ROSETTI Oboe Concertos: in C; in C. Symphonies: in F; in D Kurt Meier (ob); Johannes Moesus (cond); Zurich CO CPO 777-631-2 (71:16)


Quite apart from the fact that he’s virtually forgotten, the composer of record has a problem. According to the Harvard Biographical Dictionary , “He has been confused with Franz Anton Rössler, a cobbler, and five other musicians named Antonio Rosetti.” That’s severe! It may be that he should have stuck with his given Read more name, Franti?ek Antonín Rössler, except that the Italianization worked for him during his very active lifetime. Rössler/Rosetti was born in Litom??ice, Bohemia, in 1750, played double bass in the orchestra of the Wallerstein court, eventually becoming court conductor and Kapellmeister. He composed prolifically—as many as 40 symphonies and 50 solo concertos as well as various sacred works. In 1789 he became Kapellmeister at the court of Ludwigslust, where he died at age 42 in 1792. He was highly regarded by his contemporaries, and in 1791 wrote and conducted a Requiem for Mozart at Prague. The present disc makes a strong case for re-examining his legacy. The two symphonies, both set in three movements, are early works, but they attest to his skill in handling of the orchestra and his ability to craft memorable lines. The F-Major Symphony, composed around 1776–77, was one of his most popular works. The concertos are even more impressive. Kurt Meier is an effective advocate, with a rich, full tone and a flawless technique. Rosetti wrote many concertos for members of his orchestra, especially for horns or bassoons, but also, of course, for the oboe. I reviewed a cpo disc of three other Rosetti oboe concertos played by Lajos Lenscés in Fanfare 15:2. All five could be welcome additions to any soloist’s repertory. Two discs of Rosetti’s more mature symphonies—by Concerto Köln on Teldec and Mathias Bamert on Chandos—are worth seeking out, as well. There are four symphonies on each disc, with, remarkably, no duplications. Meanwhile, the present disc gives me great pleasure, and I recommend it heartily.


FANFARE: George Chien
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 3 no 32 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Kurt Meier (Oboe)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
2.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 3 no 27 by Antonio Rosetti
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
3.
Symphony in F major, K 1 no 10 by Antonio Rosetti
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
4.
Symphony in D major, K 1 no 7 by Antonio Rosetti
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto No. 3 in C major, C. 29/K.III:32: I. Allegro assai
Oboe Concerto No. 3 in C major, C. 29/K.III:32: II. Adagio poco andante
Oboe Concerto No. 3 in C major, C. 29/K.III:32: III. Rondeau: Allegretto
Symphony in F major, A32/K.I:10: I. Grave - Allegro assai
Symphony in F major, A32/K.I:10: II. Andante ma allegretto
Symphony in F major, A32/K.I:10: III. Presto non tanto
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in C major, C. 30/K.III:27: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in C major, C. 30/K.III:27: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in C major, C. 30/K.III:27: III. Rondeau: Allegro
Symphony in D major, A16/K.I:7: I. Allegro assai
Symphony in D major, A16/K.I:7: II. Andante gracioso ma un poco vivace
Symphony in D major, A16/K.I:7: III. Presto

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