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Schneider: Symphony No. 17 / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 1

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  • Orchestra: Capella Coloniensis
  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (3 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B0001M64X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro Vivace - Hiro Kurosaki
2. II. Andante Cantabile - Hiro Kurosaki
3. III. Menuetto, Allegro Con Fuoco - Hiro Kurosaki
4. IV. Finale. Allegro Vivace - Hiro Kurosaki
5. I. Allegro Molto - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
6. II. Andante - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
7. III. Allegro - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
8. I. Allegro Di Molto - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
9. II. Andante - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
10. III. Minuetto Allegro Molto - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
11. Allegro Con Fuoco - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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CPO 999932; CPO - CLASSIC PROD.OSNABRUCK - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 27 Mar. 2009
Schneider the symphonist was rather harshly compared by Friedrich Wieck (father of Clara Wieck and prospective father-in-law of Schumann) to "an old slow-witted cartman... who constantly murmurs instructions to his horses what to do; they travel safely down the middle of the road but it takes them two days to arrive..." [Letter to Clara, December 1832]. Schumann, wearing his critic's hat, expressed a similar though more generously expressed opinion, and characterised him thus: a "skilful, practical [man] who rigorously follows the sketch plan that has often proved its usefulness... Such a man is the old master from Dessau".

So far so good. This is the only work of Friedrich Schneider's not inconsiderable work-list in the catalogue and it may well be the only work of his to have been recorded. So can we take comfort in the fact that posterity has justly confirmed their opinions, then?

Well, maybe not - for this relatively short symphony is a splendidly fiery little piece that richly deserves this outing on disc. Old fashioned for its time, certainly - and perhaps strikingly so for someone who championed Beethoven so strongly. But it may be that Schneider found his own voice and was content to work within its limitations. Nearly two centuries later, whether he was a 'modern' or not no longer seems important.

It's a shame that there is no exposition repeat in the first movement of the symphony (in this performance, at least), as I think that the music can take it - it would have both balanced out the movement better and given the symphony more weight as a whole.
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