Kozeluch - Symphonies Vol.3 | Naxos 8574047

Kozeluch - Symphonies Vol.3


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574047

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th December 2019



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. Volume 1 can be heard on 8573627 and Volume 2 on 8573872.

The first two volumes in the series received favourable reviews. Of the first volume (8573627) Fanfare described Marek Štilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance as ‘bright, alert, buoyant, and stylish.’ ClassicsToday.com added: ‘Marek Štilec leads lively, smartly paced performances, and gets fine playing from the ensemble.’

‘Marek Štilec draws some fine playing from the members of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and all concerned show a belief in the music that prevents the listener from feeling that there is anything routine about these works. These are sparkling performances… delivered with a sense of charm and grace that will have you wanting to get out of your chair and dance!’ - iClassical on Vol.2 (8573872)

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