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Krommer: Partitas For Wind Ensemble Op. 57, 71 And 78
 
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Krommer: Partitas For Wind Ensemble Op. 57, 71 And 78

20 Mar. 1996 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Mar. 1996
  • Release Date: 20 Mar. 1996
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:00:17
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  • ASIN: B001LZU4Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,068 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2013
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Krommer lived as a contemporary to Mozart and Beethoven (1759-1831) and during his lifetime was both a popular and prolific Czech composer. His 300 works or so are grouped under 110 opus numbers and include at least 5 symphonies, 15 string quintets, 70 string quartets and numerous works for wind including the three partitas and marches heard on this disc.

His style is consistent throughout and is readily recognisable. It is predominately lyrical, with bouncy and catchy outer movements which are frequently busy and entertaining. Slow movements are melodic. Some of his dance-like movements are Czech in flavour. Just as his work is recognisable, well written, entertaining and frequently quite catchy melodically, it is also fair to say that once it has finished it is hard to remember anything memorable about it, unlike Mozart or Beethoven for example. This goes some long way to explain why those two composers are far more significant in terms of musical importance. Whereas Mozart and Beethoven could be described as the best of the top rank composers of their time, Krommer could reasonably be described as writing excellent second rank music, hence his obvious popularity.

Although none of these three partitas, (three of the thirteen written in this form and sometimes described as mini-symphonies), is in the same class as Mozart's various wind serenades and divertimentos, they nevertheless are very enjoyable and entertaining in their own way and as described above. They receive good performances from Michael Thompson and his colleagues and the recording is well balanced. The faster music abounds in runs constructed in pleasing intervals of 3rds and 6ths which make for easy listening, all of which sounds completely natural and somewhat predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2012
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This CD earned a three-star (i.e. top) review in the 'Penguin Guide', and that is what it deserves. The music is uncomplicated but inventive and full of character. A contemporary of Beethoven, Krommer (or Kramer-Krommer as he is sometimes known, both versions of his surname being linked), court composer in Vienna from 1818, was particularly adept with wind bands, with which he had a great deal of practical experience, though he wrote effectively for other ensembles too. He was more than just a skilled and technically adept composer and deserves to be better known than he now is, at least in Western Europe. All of the music on this disc is highly delightful, and the Budapest players are absolutely in control of it ; with very good recording too, this is a fine CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WherePathsMeet on 3 Aug. 2013
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The enjoyment of the performers in the infectiously happy music shines through in this recording. Thoroughly good natured, often boisterous in mood, surely bringing a smile to all but the hardest hearted of listeners. A couple of the slow movements bring moments of gravitas and calm for contrast. For those not familiar with the tradition of music for wind ensemble, this would be a good place to start. Strongly recommended. The bright and full recorded sound suits the music well - another Naxos triumph.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
yet ANOTHER triumph for Naxos 28 Jan. 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan on Naxos. This cd proves that a great cd doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. The recording is energetic. It got me so into the music that whenever I listen to it, I hum along with it. The Budapest Wind Ensemble is marvelous and truely shines in this top notch performance. Mr. Berkes is very talented and it shows in this recording. This is a real gem and you could listen to is over and over again and NEVER get tired of it. Atleast I don't. So, if you really want an awesome cd that doesnt cost alot but sounds great, this is the one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Delicious 26 July 2000
By Santiago Barcon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I read the recommendation at Grammophone and order it inmediatly.
The playing is warm and clear, with incredible candor.It is a record that you can play several times in an afternoon and still find pleasure in each one. It has a "folk" tesiture that is very pleasant. Just listen to the Allegro of the Partita in E. You feel in the gardens of central Europe.
I listen to it at my office, and even people that is not into classical went to look the label. I am buying more records from Krommer, what a discovery!
Buy it!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Superb playing in every respect 28 Oct. 1999
By John P. Owen (jkowen@gte.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kalman Berkes and the Budapest Wind Ensemble render superb musical craftsmanship with this recording and insure that the importance of harmoniemusik will be more widely known throughout the world.
It is particularly heartwarming to note that this recording comes from the heartland of the Austro-Bohemian-Hungarian triangle that gave rich impetus to this genre and contributed to the rich traditons that eventually became the symphony orchestra wind section and the modern wind ensemble.
I find very little to take exception with in the entirety of this recording except perhaps the tempo selection of the fourth movement of the Partita in F Major, Op. 57., Alla polacca. While the tempo that Berkes selects here allows the tremendous virtousity of his musicians to be clear to all listeners, I pause to wonder whether the tempo is faithful to the traditional polacca dance tempo, and again wonder if a slower tempo would not yield more of the true DNA of the composition in terms of musical shaping of the line and over-all accents.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three enjoyable middle period partitas of Krommer's 13 works in this form 18 Feb. 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Krommer lived as a contemporary to Mozart and Beethoven (1759-1831) and during his lifetime was both a popular and prolific Czech composer. His 300 works or so are grouped under 110 opus numbers and include at least 5 symphonies, 15 string quintets, 70 string quartets and numerous works for wind including the three partitas and marches heard on this disc.

His style is consistent throughout and is readily recognisable. It is predominately lyrical, with bouncy and catchy outer movements which are frequently busy and entertaining. Slow movements are melodic. Some of his dance-like movements are Czech in flavour. Just as his work is recognisable, well written, entertaining and frequently quite catchy melodically, it is also fair to say that once it has finished it is hard to remember anything memorable about it, unlike Mozart or Beethoven for example. This goes some long way to explain why those two composers are far more significant in terms of musical importance. Whereas Mozart and Beethoven could be described as the best of the top rank composers of their time, Krommer could reasonably be described as writing excellent second rank music, hence his obvious popularity.

Although none of these three partitas, (three of the thirteen written in this form and sometimes described as mini-symphonies), is in the same class as Mozart's various wind serenades and divertimentos, they nevertheless are very enjoyable and entertaining in their own way and as described above. They receive good performances from Michael Thompson and his colleagues and the recording is well balanced. The faster music abounds in runs constructed in pleasing intervals of 3rds and 6ths which make for easy listening, all of which sounds completely natural and somewhat predictable. It also includes some tricky horn writing that was another characteristic of Krommer's wind compositions. It is difficult to write at further length about these amenable works as that is their main characteristic and considering development of themes or motifs is not applicable or relevant. The disc closes with three marches which make an enjoyable conclusion.

I would suggest that this disc is well worth considering as an enjoyable entertainment and which could find a place in many collections. This is how it was conceived and this is how it is best enjoyed. On those terms it should give plenty of pleasure to plenty of people. If you like Mozart's wind music it is likely that you will be enjoyably entertained by these examples by Krommer, but don't expect to remember so many of the themes when they are finished. There are two other discs in this enjoyable series played by Michael Thompson and his colleagues.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As previously entered: Please note corrections. 2 Nov. 1999
By John P. Owen (jkowen@gte.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The original review I sent contains a typographical error in the word "conditions." An "i" was accidently omitted. Please insert, or e-mail me and give me directions. I also omitted some information that I would have liked to include on the 3rd Movement (Minuetto), although it may not be crucial.
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