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Classical - Released March 26, 2021 | Naxos

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Described as having "natural genius", John Abraham Fisher was a significant figure in London during the second half of the 18th century. A virtuoso violinist, he also wrote admired stage works for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. His orchestral works are largely forgotten today, but his symphonies display a surprising awareness of contemporary continental trends in their use of dynamic variations, revealing the influence of the Mannheim School. Possessing a richness of colour, contrast and surprise, these symphonies typify Fisher’s expanding Classical style. © Naxos
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Classical - Released July 10, 2020 | Naxos

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The second volume in this series continues to explore little-known examples of Auber’s elegant and refined operatic music. Julie was his first stage work, its fantasia-like beauty foreshadowing the operas, opéras-comiques and lyric dramas to come. Striking melodies and haunting episodes abound in these overtures and entr’actes, and there is restrained yet fragrant Iberian colour in the overture to Léocadie. The Violin Concerto is lightly scored and gentle, with a tarantella-like finale full of folk vitality. © Naxos
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Classical - Released April 9, 2021 | Naxos

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Czech-born Paul Wranitzky, a contemporary of Mozart, was the most important symphonist in Vienna at the turn of the 18th century. To mark the ascension to the throne of Franz II in 1792, Wranitzky wrote the grand Symphony in C major, a work of regal quality and festive exuberance. Wranitzky’s mature symphonic style is on display in the Symphony in B-flat major, with its expanded orchestral forces, contrasting textures and broad musical invention. Overtures from two operas offer a sampling of Wranitzky’s dramatic writing for the stage. © Naxos
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Classical - Released December 13, 2019 | Naxos

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In addition to his influence as a pianist and leading keyboard composer in Vienna, the Bohemian Leopold Koželuch wrote an important body of symphonies that rank among the most significant of their time. The four examples here, heard in original, corrected editions, show consummate mastery of proportion, instrumental control and thematic development and all exude characteristic freshness and sophistication. The Symphony in B-flat, titled "L’Irrésolu" is especially noteworthy not only as his most unusual work in the genre but for its sheer boldness of expression. © Naxos
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Classical - Released December 7, 2018 | Naxos

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Classical - Released June 12, 2020 | Naxos

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Domenico Cimarosa was a prolific composer of church and instrumental music, but his reputation rests principally on his operas. During the second half of the 18th century, and until the arrival of Rossini, he was the most successful and performed operatic composer in Europe, and one of the last exponents of the Neapolitan School. His bracing and vivacious overtures in this final volume include the hugely popular Il convito (‘The Banquet’), a triumph in Venice and Florence, as well as some examples of his expressively moving overtures for oratorios. © Naxos
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Classical - Released January 10, 2020 | Naxos

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Domenico Cimarosa’s operas were remarkably successful, being staged and re-staged in opera houses all over Europe. Success in his home town of Naples led to court appointments and royal commissions, including his best-known work Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) composed for Austrian emperor Leopold II. Other hits include L’impegno superato (‘The Broken Engagement’), an instant success and soon to become one of the most frequently performed of Cimarosa’s comic works, and Penelope that was produced as far away as London in 1817. The Cantata per Ferdinando IV was, however, written as an act of repentance, Cimarosa having made the mistake of backing the failed republican government in 1799. © Naxos
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Classical - Released December 13, 2019 | Naxos

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Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s music radiates both his amiable personality and the Parisian elegance of his times. The huge success of his operas resulted in a popularity for these overtures that rivalled that of Rossini, who was an early influence. Auber’s brilliant and energetic style infuses tales of romance both rustic and aristocratic, with moods ranging from dramatic heroism to dashing ballroom dances - all portrayed with the signature charm that made him a standard bearer of musical stylishness and good taste. Auber’s opera La Sirène can be found also on the Naxos catalogue. This is the first volume of a project to record all the overtures to his 31 opéras-comiques, seven opéras, three drames lyriques and seven other stage works. © Naxos
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Classical - Released April 12, 2019 | Marco Polo

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Classical - Released August 11, 2017 | Marco-Polo

Eduard Strauss I was the younger brother of Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss, and, as the graphics here note up front, his compositions "were unfavorably compared with those" of the other two siblings. This release was recorded in 2016 to mark the centenary of Eduard's death. It's true that based on the waltzes recorded here, no one would choose Eduard's over those of Johann II. But one aim of conductor John Georgiadis, leading the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice, and the album's sponsor, the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain, seems to be to remind listeners that the waltz, however iconic of Vienna it may have become, was not the whole story. Eduard Strauss excelled in the genres of the quite distinct polka schnell (fast polka) and polka française (French polka), as well as the polka-mazur (otherwise known as the polka-mazurka, and really a mazurka rather than a polka, with the latter term denoting the dance's national origin in this case), and, above all, the motoric galopp. Eduard followed his brother's practice of giving unusual names to his waltzes (Doctrinen? Hypothesen?), but sample instead the zippy polka schnell Mit Extrapost, Op. 259, whose high opus number indicates the success Eduard's compositions had along with those of his brothers. Most of these pieces are recorded here for the first time, making this an essential purchase for Strauss fans of any stripe. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 10, 2017 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 5, 2016 | Naxos

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Classical - Released June 10, 2016 | Naxos

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This album, the first in a series devoted to the 41 symphonies of Michael Haydn, leads off with perhaps the most historically famous one of all: the Sinfonia in G major, Perger 16, is none other than the missing Symphony No. 37 of Mozart, which was not removed from the Mozart canon until 1907. The reason for the error was that a copy of the work exists in Mozart's handwriting; he wrote a slow introduction to the first movement (not performed here), and apparently copied out the piece in preparation. It remains difficult to believe that listeners' suspicions weren't raised before that; the work's simple, squarish movements resemble those of the symphonies Mozart wrote in his mid-teens. The Sinfonia in D major (Perger 21), with its larger dimensions, comes a good deal closer to Mozart. The four symphonies are all tuneful, well constructed, and they benefit from the relaxed, slightly jocular performances by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice (in whose hall the music was nicely recorded) under Patrick Gallois. An interesting feature of the music is the retention of the harpsichord parts, which seems justified in view of the cadenza-like passages in which they emerge from the background. Not Mozart by any stretch, but recommended for Classical period buffs. © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 22, 2019 | Naxos

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Vienna was a magnet for musicians across Europe in the 18th century, and among the most successful and influential were composers from Bohemia. Credited with developing idiomatic piano performance in the city, Leopold Koželuch also wrote choral music of considerable individuality. Joseph der Menschheit Segen (‘Joseph, Mankind’s Blessing’) is a powerful Masonic cantata that unusually includes Melodrama, where spoken text is followed by instrumental passages. The two sacred arias are masterful compositions and the Missa in C, though small in scale, is unusually lavish in its scoring. Klage auf den Todt Marien Theresien (‘On the Death of Maria Theresa’) possesses a grave and subtle beauty. © Naxos
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Classical - Released December 2, 2016 | Naxos

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Naxos' series of Domenico Cimarosa's overtures has featured different pairings of conductors with orchestras: Patrick Gallois appeared on Vol. 3 with the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Michael Halász on Vol. 4. For this fifth volume, Gallois and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra join forces in six multi-movement and five single-movement selections, all composed in the Classical style and sometimes related to the early 18th century symphony. Because Cimarosa's operas and cantatas have become quite obscure, their overtures provide the best chance of a revival, even though the bulk of them are seldom performed or recorded. They are typically light and spirited, and similar in flavor to Mozart and Rossini, especially in their tunefulness, elegance, and cheerfulness. That none of these pieces are in the concert repertoire today shouldn't put off listeners, because Cimarosa's music is immediately accessible and infectious, and the overtures are short enough that a handful can be appreciated in a single sitting. Sample any track, though the overture to La bella Greca suggests the broader symphonic implications of the Classical operatic overture, while L'Olimpiade shows how Cimarosa handled a more compact form. © TiVo
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Classical - Released December 4, 2015 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released November 23, 2010 | Musical Concepts

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Classical - Released June 14, 2019 | Marco Polo

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For most listeners, the world of Viennese light music begins with the Strauss family and perhaps a few one-hit wonders otherwise. However, the waltz, polka, march, galop, and so on, were the popular music currency of the day, across a vast empire with millions of inhabitants. The music of Vienna, which was really a mixture of music from across the Austro-Hungarian Empire and beyond, included dozens or hundreds of composers, many of whom were very prolific; several works here have opus numbers in the hundreds. The works on this recording were written between the 1890s and the late 1920s, and if there isn't another Johann Strauss II, there are plenty of imaginative and engaging treatments. Sample Die Wachtparade kommt, Op. 78, by the all-but-unknown Richard Eilenberg, which, like the Fourth of July section of Charles Ives' Holidays Symphony, puts the listener in the place of a parade watcher who is hearing marching bands approach. Along the way, you will get to know such composers as Siegfried Translateur, who died in a Nazi concentration camp, and Karl Kratzl, who died of an insect bite. Much of this music was lost due to World War II bombs or simple neglect, and its resurrection has been, in many cases, the result of work by conductor and Strauss enthusiast John Georgiadis; Georgiadis arranged two pieces heard here from piano scores. Conducting the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Georgiadis lets the musicians impart some fun and rhythmic zip to the music, which is all to the good. There isn't a dull work among the bunch, and for anyone who likes Strauss, this is an enjoyable 80 minutes. For those interested in European popular culture of the early 20th century, it's essential. © TiVo
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Classical - Released December 2, 2014 | Naxos

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