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Chamber Music - Released September 18, 2020 | SOMM Recordings

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Although the flute is often placed centre-stage in these six works, all demonstrate Hoffmeister’s eloquently proportioned, life-enhancing and integrated feeling for chamber music. The two most substantial works here are a taut, dramatically urgent Quartet for flute, violin, viola and cello in C minor, and an E-flat major Quintet for flute, violin, two violas and cello of Mozartian mien and mood. With echoes of Gluck, Mozart and Haydn, two Trios for flute, violin and cello (in B-flat major and D major) and a Duetto in G major for flute and violin offer superbly expressive examples of Hoffmeister’s music at its most effusive and engagingly virtuosic. Hailed in his native Slovenia for his “musicality [and] captivating performance”, London-based Boris Bizjak has won several international flute competitions and is in growing demand around the world. Lana Trotovšek, praised by The Washington Post for her “clean, refined tone with musical sense of phrasing and impeccable intonation”, is also a Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. © SOMM Recordings
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Classical - Released October 1, 2013 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released September 6, 2003 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released March 5, 2021 | Tudor

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | CPO

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With this 2015 release of two symphonies and an opera overture by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Howard Griffiths continues his in-depth exploration of late Classical symphonic repertoire with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana on CPO. Hoffmeister was a music publisher in late 18th century Vienna, as well as a successful composer in his own right, though it's not clear how many symphonies he wrote apart from his last two, the Symphony in C major and the Symphony in D major presented here. These cheerful works and the Overture to Der Königssohn aus Ithaka were written in the Classical style of Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with occasional suggestions that Hoffmeister had also absorbed some of Ludwig van Beethoven's influence. Connoisseurs of obscure Classical works will enjoy these amiable works, but the conventional nature of Hoffmeister's approach to form, development, and orchestration doesn't invite frequent listening. Still, Griffiths and his orchestra have produced a fine addition to the catalog and provided a valuable service to an overlooked composer. © TiVo
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Symphonic Music - Released November 1, 2005 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released March 13, 2009 | VMS Musical Treasures

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Oehms Classics

Music publisher, friend, benefactor to Mozart, and respected composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister was a significant figure in late eighteenth century Vienna; his star did not fade until well into the nineteenth century, when he was eventually disparaged as a mediocrity. Yet Hoffmeister could have no better advocates than violist Ashan Pillai and conductor Christopher Hogwood, who have restored some of this composer's reputation in a delightful album of his complete works for viola. Pillai's idiomatic and sensitive solos and Hogwood's fastidious direction of the Gulbenkian Orchestra elevate the music to a high level of elegance and charm, and it becomes apparent from these performances that Hoffmeister was much better than his detractors claimed. The brilliantly virtuosic Concerto in D major has remained a staple of the violist's repertoire and is the most familiar piece here. However, the warmly lyrical Concerto in B flat deserves equal attention; its intimacy makes it a perfect foil for the more extroverted and flamboyant work. The Etudes (12) for solo viola, previously unrecorded, reflect both Hoffmeister's technical acumen and expressive depth, and Pillai, who clearly regards them as something more than studies, renders them with a Classicist's fine balance of skill and feeling. The sound quality is fine, with credible presence and natural resonance. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released November 1, 2005 | CPO

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Classical - Released June 2, 2015 | Grand Piano

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2001 | CPO

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Chamber Music - Released May 31, 1994 | CPO

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Grand Piano

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Chamber Music - Released July 15, 2014 | Hungaroton

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Chamber Music - Released September 29, 2009 | Tudor

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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | Grand Piano

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Classical - Released June 13, 2013 | Tañidos

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Classical - Released June 13, 2013 | Tañidos

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