Paul Wranitzky - Symphony Op 31 ’Peace Symphony’, Symphony in D Op 52 | CPO 7770542

Paul Wranitzky - Symphony Op 31 ’Peace Symphony’, Symphony in D Op 52


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7770542

Barcode: 0761203705429

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th November 2006



A contemporary of Mozart, around 1800, the Moravian Paul Wranitzky was one of the most influential and popular composers in Vienna.  An uncommonly productive composer, his works were known throughout Europe and his singspiel Oberon, King of the Elves is credited with being the first important ‘ghost opera’.
Wranitzky’s ‘Peace’ Symphony, ‘La Grande Sinfonie caractéristique pour la paix avec la Republique Française’ Op. 31 features a lavish spread of tone colours, battle painting and recurring march citations, creating an atmosphere of high suspense.  The Symphony Op. 52, in contrast, has more of a bright and carefree character and a much more tightly woven motivic fabric.
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