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Pleyel: Symphony In C/Symphony In G/Symphony In D CD

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  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Composer: Ignace Joseph Pleyel
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000B0T
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony in C Major, Op. 66, Ben. 154: I. Adagio - AllegroThe London Mozart Players10:19Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony in C Major, Op. 66, Ben. 154: II. AdagioThe London Mozart Players 4:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony in C Major, Op. 66, Ben. 154: III. Menuetto e Trio: AllegrettoThe London Mozart Players 3:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony in C Major, Op. 66, Ben. 154: IV. Tempo guistoThe London Mozart Players 5:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony in G Major, Op. 68, Ben. 156: I. Allegro vivace assaiThe London Mozart Players 7:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony in G Major, Op. 68, Ben. 156: II. AdagioThe London Mozart Players 7:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony in G Major, Op. 68, Ben. 156: III. Menuetto e TrioThe London Mozart Players 3:450.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony in G Major, Op. 68, Ben. 156: IV. Rondo: AllegroThe London Mozart Players 6:090.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony in D Minor, Ben. 147: I. Maestoso - Allegro con spirito quasi prestoThe London Mozart Players 8:24Album Only
Listen10. Symphony in D Minor, Ben. 147: II. AdagioThe London Mozart Players 4:400.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony in D Minor, Ben. 147: III. Menuetto e Trio: AllegrettoThe London Mozart Players 5:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Symphony in D Minor, Ben. 147: IV. Rondo: AllegroThe London Mozart Players 4:190.59  Buy MP3 

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Pleyel, a pupil of Haydn, wrote his best work in his youth, and these symphonies, written in the early 1800s, are slightly derivative (with outrageous cribbing from Mozart 31 and Haydn 70). The performances are reasonable, however the acoustic is very concert-hallish, and some essential detail is lost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If You Love Haydn, You'll Like This Symphony in D Minor 27 Feb 2009
By M. C. Passarella - Published on
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In writing of a recording of symphonies by Wilhelm Wilms elsewhere at, I made an invidious comparison between Wilms and Ignace Pleyel. Neither gent is in a position to protest, of course, but I think I should do greater justice to M. Pleyel.

Certainly, he wouldn't be happy to learn that he's barely a musical footnote today while at the beginning of the 19th century he was Europe's most celebrated composer. This is undoubtedly a matter of coattails. Haydn had retired from orchestral composition by 1803-4, when Pleyel's Opus 66 and 68 Symphonies were written, but his body of symphonic music was the most imposing and important even then, the point of departure for all rising symphonists such as that other promising Haydn pupil, Ludwig Beethoven. It's natural that average music lovers, being about 10 or 20 years behind the times in most eras (though today about 110 or 120 years behind the times) should have cottoned to the music of Haydn's most famous student.

For that matter, Pleyel himself, being a very good musician rather than a musical genius, seems to have lagged about 10 years behind his teacher. The Symphony in D minor, written in 1791 for a London concert series that competed with Haydn's first, is a fine symphony, maybe as fine as Haydn's one minor-key work among the London Symphonies (No. 95)--with a somber and stately opening, a wistful Adagio where minor and major keys play tag, and a winningly energetic rondo last movement--though it can't hold a candle to the greatest of Haydn's symphonies written for London--or Paris, if the truth be told. On the other hand, Pleyel's Opus 66 and 68, penned more than a decade later, seem untouched by the innovations of Haydn's last symphonies: experimentation with motivic and monothematic treatment that would fuel Beethoven's symphonies, with unusual time signatures and pregnant pauses for musical effect. No, Pleyel was content to produce good Haydn imitations that made few musical waves (although in Opus 68 Pleyel does boldly ditch the typical Haydn slow introduction for a plunge right into the bustling first theme). In the meantime, Beethoven was writing his Third, Fourth, and Fifth Symphonies.

But often it is good to hear what cultured folks thought represented the height of artistic endeavor in their own era. It keeps us humble. And if the payoff is as generous a one as getting to know Pleyel's D Minor Symphony, by far my favorite among the offerings on the current disc, then we're even richer, I feel.

The performances, on modern instruments but informed by the best practices of the authentic-instrument movement, are very fine indeed, some of the best I've heard in Chandos' Contemporaries of Mozart series. Of course some of the credit goes to Pleyel himself for inspiring such a lively performance as that of the D Minor Symphony.

The recording, made in a London church, is just too resonant for this music, seeming to swell the string body unnaturally and obscure the contributions of brass and percussion. I think this isn't the sound that Haydn and Pleyel expected or wanted to hear in the "rooms" where their music was premiered. That's my only gripe. Otherwise, a worthy and well-executed endeavor by all concerned.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2nd rate masterpieces? 7 May 2010
By Thomas E. Amos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it? One reviewer said these symphs are every bit as good as Mozart and Haydn's 2cd tier works; in other words, just plain old run of the mill MASTERPIECES instead of SUPERMASTERPIECES. For connoiseurs of the High Classic Period, these wks. are "must hears" and arguments for high ranking of these works are certainly strengthened by Bamert and the Mozart Players' outstanding performances, stylistic interpretations and excellent recording. 5 stars out of five-Tom Amos, Ph.D. (music theory, UCSD}
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Anthony Wages - Published on
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This is the 5th CD I have purchased in this series and I can easily say it is the BEST SO FAR. Pleyel was a student of Joseph Haydn and it certainly shows in these inspired and well-crafted works. The symphonies are lively and joyous, filled with delightful melodies and energetic rhythms. To this humble lover of music, these symphonies stand alongside even the best symphonies of his teacher and even those by Wolfgang Mozart.

I own CDs in this series by Stamitz, Vanhal, Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn - all recorded by the same conductor and orchestra, and yet this CD stands above them all. I believe that this is primarily due to the quality of the symphonic writing by Pleyel. This neglected composer rightfully deserves for his music to be re-discovered and enjoyed by anyone who loves great music. And yes, the D Minor is the best of these three most excellent symphonies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Music of a forgotten but talented composer of the Classical Era 9 Sep 2011
By C. Koch - Published on
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These symphonies by a so-called lesser master (Pleyel) who studied with one of the greatest masters (Haydn) of his time are very well written and exhibit a rather high level of inspiration. They are full of interesting and attractive ideas that make for delightful listening. The performances by the London Mozart Players are excellent with a fine sense of style; tempos are well chosen--fast movements are spirited but never frenzied and slow movements do not drag. The sound is also very good, generally clear and well balanced, though reverberant; but the reverberation is not excessive and is certainly no greater than is actually heard in the concert hall of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, where Haydn spent most of his professional life. (I have attended performances in that hall.) Highly recommended to all who appreciate the music of the Classical Era and especially to those who want to become acquainted with well-crafted works of one of the many capable composers of the period who have unfortunately been overshadowed by the giants of the time.
HIghly Enjoyable Listen 14 May 2014
By J.C. Clark - Published on
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I have several of the CDs in the Contemporaries of Mozart (CoM) collection, and this is one of the very best. It is written that Pleyel merely composed in the style of Haydn, but that is a great style to use! Makes for wonderful, engaging listening. Not merely pleasant background music. Pleyel was consistently tuneful; a composer of excellent melodies. Not a single dull movement.

Over two hundred years down the line, does it really matter as a pure listening experience if this fine music was innovative or imitative?

I obtained this CD as part of a box set of 5 CoM recordings (along with Kozeluch, Krommer, Stamitz, Wranitzky), so it took me awhile to separate it from the others and realize the beauty of this music. But that is the best way to get this recording, because the box set is only about twice the cost of this one CD. Stamitz is also uniformly great, and the other three have their moments.
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