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Krommer - Partitas for Wind Ensemble, Vol. 3 [CD]

Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Composer: Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005QJFP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Partita in E flat major, Op. 69
2. Partita in C major, Op.76
3. Partita in E falt major, Op. 79

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Krommer's Harmonie Musik 18 Jan 2013
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The music and the recording of Krommer's works on this cd are excellent and provide real enjoyment to the listener of
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5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT 21 Feb 2009
By Terry J. Lehane - Published on Amazon.com
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Bohemian composer FRANZ VINZENZ KROMMER (1759-1831) is always a delight. Anyone not familiar with his music should start with his Clarinet Concerto in E flat op 36. Mozartish with that best of Mozartian qualities, originality. The present CD contains sprightly music with a wide range of scoring that allows individual players to come to the fore. The performances are top notch. A good introduction to this composer's "chamber" music--though in fact Krommer intended most of these works to be played out of doors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A third enjoyable disc to follow the two equally enjoyable predecessors 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 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.

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 more discs in this enjoyable series, one with these artists and one by Berkes and his colleagues.
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