J Stamitz - Symphonies op.3 nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 | Naxos 8573966

J Stamitz - Symphonies op.3 nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573966

Barcode: 0747313396672

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 12th July 2019



Blessed with a gift for musical invention and structural organisation, Johann Stamitz was one of the pioneering figures in symphonic music before the emergence of Haydn. He drove the development of symphonic form via the assimilation of the new operatic overture style resulting in works of brilliance and skilful orchestration. His Op.3 Symphonies, though not composed as a set, showcase why Stamitz was held in such high regard and was so influential: outer movements fizz with energy, and contain virtuosic string writing with frequent dynamic contrasts, while slow movements are intricate and refined.

Conductor Alexander Rudin is also an admired cellist and has recorded for Naxos in that capacity as well as a conductor, as featured in the new release of Myaskovsky’s Symphonies nos. 1 and 13. For his other Naxos recordings as cellist, see his back catalogue for – as an example – his Bach Cello Suites on 8555992-93 and a Glazunov disc on 8553932 (‘Alexander Rudin’s playing here is eloquent.’ – The Penguin Guide).

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