Wranitzky - Orchestral Works Vol.2: Symphonies | Naxos 8574255

Wranitzky - Orchestral Works Vol.2: Symphonies

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574255

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 23rd July 2021

Contents

Artists

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Conductor

Marek Stilec

Works

Wranitzky, Paul

Der Schreiner
» Overture
Symphonies (3), op.16
» no.2 in A major
Symphonies (3), op.33
» no.3 in F major
Symphony in D minor 'La Tempesta'

Artists

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Conductor

Marek Stilec

About

Czech by birth, Paul Wranitzky settled in Vienna where he became highly respected as an orchestra leader and composer. Today overshadowed by his friends Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Wranitzky was the most important symphonist in Vienna in the late 1790s. The colourful overture to Der Schreiner (‘The Carpenter’) is followed by three contrasting symphonies. The dramatic ‘La Tempesta’ contains elaborate storm effects, which predate Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ by over a decade. The compact Symphony in A major represents Wranitzky’s early symphonic period of the mid-1780s while the Symphony in F major is notable for its catchy themes and masterful scoring.

This second volume of world premiere recordings follows Vol.1 (8574227) released in April 2021. The scores for both recordings are the result of exhaustive research amongst numerous European archives by top Wranitzky scholar Daniel Bernhardsson. Pizzicato gave Vol.1 four stars, writing: ‘The orchestra’s playing is fresh and spirited, with plenty of melodic immediacy and a charmingly elegant lightness.’

Conductor Marek Štilec is a specialist in 18th-century music and Czech composers in particular. His five volumes of orchestral works by Zdeněk Fibich have been widely acclaimed, with one Fanfare reviewer suggesting that ‘for those looking to expand their collections of late 19th-century, very Romantic, very dramatic, and very beautiful symphonic and orchestral works, here is the way to do it. Very strongly recommended.’

Also recorded with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, his three volumes of symphonies by Leopold Koželuch have been warmly welcomed for their ‘excellent, enthusiastic, and sympathetic’ performances in the American Record Guide.

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