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  • Audio CD (28 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B0000A1M77
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vanhal : Symphony in D minor Bryan d1 : I Allegro
2. "Vanhal : Symphony in D minor Bryan d1 : II Arioso, ma non lento"
3. Vanhal : Symphony in D minor Bryan d1 : III Menuetto - Trio
4. Vanhal : Symphony in D minor Bryan d1 : IV Presto
5. Vanhal : Symphony in G minor Bryan g1 : I Allegro moderato
6. Vanhal : Symphony in G minor Bryan g1 : II Andante cantabile
7. Vanhal : Symphony in G minor Bryan g1 : III Menuetto - Trio
8. Vanhal : Symphony in G minor Bryan g1 : IV Finale - Allegro
9. Vanhal : Symphony in C major Bryan C11 : I Allegro con brio
10. Vanhal : Symphony in C major Bryan C11 : II Andante cantabile
11. Vanhal : Symphony in C major Bryan C11 : III Finale - Adagio più andante - Allegro
12. Vanhal : Symphony in A minor Bryan a2 : I Allegro moderato
13. Vanhal : Symphony in A minor Bryan a2 : II Andante cantabile
14. Vanhal : Symphony in A minor Bryan a2 : III Menuetto - Trio
15. Vanhal : Symphony in A minor Bryan a2 : IV Allegro
16. Vanhal : Symphony in E minor Bryan e1 : I Allegro moderato
17. Vanhal : Symphony in E minor Bryan e1 : II Andante
18. Vanhal : Symphony in E minor Bryan e1 : III Menuetto - Trio
19. Vanhal : Symphony in E minor Bryan e1 : IV Finale - Allegro

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gabrial on 26 Oct. 2007
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Poor Vanhal has been poorly served by recordig - like Dittersdorf. But at least one good CD exists and this is it - vibrant, energetic renditions of a composr who can sound like Stamitz, Haydn and Beethoven in a single movement. C Koln's Rossetti is just as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another winner from Concerto Koln 29 Aug. 2011
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
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Concerto Koln has provided invaluable service to the music lover and amateur of music from the classical and early romantic era, with its series of recordings (mostly shared between the labels Teldec and Capriccio) of "minor" contemporaries of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, among which Kraus (Kraus, Joseph Martin - see my review - and Joseph Martin Kraus: Sinfonien, Vol. 2), Kozeluch (Kozeluch: Symphonies, see my review), Myslivecek (Il Divino Boemo: Josef Myslivecek Symphonies), Rigel (Henri-Joseph Rigel: Symphonies), Wilms (Johann Wilhelm Wilms: Symphonien Nos. 6 & 7), Rosetti (Rosetti: Symphonies (Volume 1) /Concerto Koln and Antonio Rosetti: Symphonies, Volume 2 - Concerto Köln), Eberl (Anton Eberl: Symphonies - Concerto Köln - I've also reviewed that one), Cannabich and the Stamitz father and sons (but I'm now out of authorized product links, see the comments section for those), the Bach sons, Gossec and the composers of the French revolution: and that's limiting myself to the late 18th and early 19th century, and excluding the concerto recordings. This Vanhal program was recorded in July 1996. The original release, which is what I have, is not listed on this website, but available in Europe under ASIN B000024S1F.

At its best (the outer movements of Symphony in D-minor, Symphony in A-minor and Symphony in E-minor, the scherzo of the latter, the whole Symphony in G-minor, the grandiose and triumphant - trumpets and timpani helping - Symphony in C), the music sounds to me as dramatic and powerful as the most dramatic of Haydn's or Mozart's Symphonies, and with melodic turns-of-phrase that can be as witty as theirs (finale of Symphony in E-minor for instance). The scherzos are vigorous, sometimes a little square rhythmically and repeating too much their basic material. The slow movements (and the trio sections of the scherzos) tend to be somewhat lightweight and galant is style, pretty but plumbing no Mozartean depths. Still, the slow movement of Symphony in G-minor (track 6) stages a felicitous dialogue of solo violin and viola, and the trio section of Symphony in E-minor (track 18), with its dialogue of oboes and horn, is exquisite. Symphony in C is formally original in that it doesn't have a scherzo and trio, but a slow, dramatic, funeral-march-like introduction to the finale instead. This music should appeal to any amateur of Mozart and Haydn, and not just because it gives a documentary view of the rich musical soil from which they emerged (Vanhal is considered to have influenced early Mozart).

I have another version of the Symphony in G minor for comparison, played by Cappella Coloniensis (also from Koln, Germany) conducted by Hans-Martin Linde (Gossec, Vanhal, Mahaut, Kraus: Classical Symphonies). Heard on its own it might seem more than acceptable, but on comparison with Concerto Koln Linde and his band appear heavy-footed and pedestrian; Concerto Koln are definitely more dynamic, unleashed, no-holds-barred, energetic, and much preferable. TT 73 minutes, great notes from Paul R. Bryan.
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Vanhal Symphonies 8 May 2009
By Michael M. Keyton - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is a reissue of the Das Alte Werk recording from 1996.

This is an impressive performance on period instruments of five symphonies by Johann Baptist Va'hal, a contemporary of Haydn and Mozart. Four of these symphonies are from the "Sturm und Drang period of the late 1760s and early 1770s. In the Bryan catalog the symphonies are d1b, g1, a2, e1, and C11. This is the only recording I know of d1, a2, and e1. C11 "Comista" occurs on Naxos (8.554341 and g1 can be found on Phoenix (duplicated on Capriccio) or on Arkadia.
Va'hal, who used the spelling Wanhal, was one of the most significant composers in Vienna. He composed at least 81 symphonies, some of which are outstanding by any standard. Even with a limited orchestra, the variety in structures and sounds makes these works attractive.
Concerto Köln plays each work with great skill, good balance with the instruments (though I am not found of the valveless horn of the period), it is always enjoyable to hear a work played perhaps in the style of the composer's day.
As a bonus the notes are written by Paul Bryan, who has assembled the catalog. Thus, this is a "should-not-be-missed" CD, excellent works by and outstanding composer, well-played and discussed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Is Faster Better? -- Sturm und Drang from Vanhal 31 Mar. 2015
By bejart7092 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the first Viennese musician of the classical era to support himself as an independent composer and teacher, Jan Vanhal (1739-1813) he did not work under the patronage of any nobility for the last 30 years of his life. Like his more famous contemporaries Haydn and Mozart, Vanhal was a leading proponent of the Sturm und Drang movement, composing at least 73 symphonies, including the 5 on this recording.

One of his more popular symphonies, the D Minor opens with a blistering `Allegro'. Wide skips in melodic themes, sudden pauses and extended silences, exaggerated dynamic markings, a driving bass line and a fondness for minor keys - all the typical elements of Sturm und Drang symphonies are here.

Having recently reviewed Vanhal: Four Symphonies - d1, A4, g1, F3, the question occurs: Is faster better? By using a blazing velocity, Concerto Koln virtually ignores a cascading series of triplets in the violin led melody line, a throw-away sacrificed for the raw power and sheer drive of their reading. In contrast, a more deliberate pace allows the Heidelberg group to lay bare the internal structure of Vanhal's writing.

Better? Or just different? The muscular vitality of the Concerto Koln version is undeniable, but the interpretation by Kalb shows the depth of Vanhal's composition.

Adroit use of winds colors the following `Arioso, ma non lento', which features a lovely sighing motif in the upper strings. After a leisurely `Minuetto', the closing `Presto' bursts forth in a furious tempo. While not too fast for the difficult double tonguing demanded in the horn section, it does push the limit and establishes a striking contrast with the more fluid string passages that dot this vigorous finale.

A distinctive chirping figure in the violins characterizes the 1st movement `Allegro' of the G Minor Symphony. Taken with hushed urgency and punctuated with abrupt pauses, it displays Vanhal at his best. Aria-like, a single violin starts the `Andante catabile' and is soon joined by a solo viola for a gorgeous duet. A rather pedestrian `Minuetto' provides a respite before the finale, a vigorous `Allegro' that leaves the listener breathless.

Trumpets and booming tympani herald the opening `Allegro con brio' of the symphony in C Major, which features deft use of sudden dynamic changes. Nominally in three movements, it is also the only composition in a major key. Even here, Vanhal exhibits a penchant for the moody and dramatic as the gentle `Andante cantabile' is in minor as is the following `Adagio' that functions as a brief intro to the joyous `Allegro' that closes the work. Tympani and brass return to propel the movement to a rousing conclusion.

Muted string passages alternating with sudden attacks of horn-driven fanfares power the triple metered `Allegro moderato' that begins the A Minor Symphony. Also in triple meter, a graceful `Andante cantabile' precedes the following `Minuetto'. Led by jaunty violins and shadowed by horns, the 3rd movement contains a contrasting trio for a solo oboe with a wonderful series of scatting triplets in the upper strings. The only section in duple meter, the closing `Allegro' alternates hushed urgency with shrieking strings at breakneck speed to create a marvelous finale, one that ends surprisingly peacefully.

Unexpected interjections from the horns lace the triple metered `Allegro moderato' of the symphony in E Minor. After a placid interlude by a charming if less than memorable `Andante', and an equally forgettable `Minuetto' with another wind dominated trio, the work and the disc close with a brawny `Allegro'. Employing a dramatic rising arpeggio and sharply contrasting shifts in dynamics, the finale roars to a terrific conclusion.

Brimming with vigorous energy and boundless enthusiasm, Concerto Koln rips through these 5 symphonies with obvious delight. Showing a clear affinity for the faster outer movements, they also bring an easy elegance to the more sedate inner sections. The recording by Das Alte Werk/Teldec/Elatus is fine, clear and detailed.

If you're looking for an appealing alternative to Mozart or Haydn, these excellent symphonies by Jan Vanhal are a superb choice.

PS. Be aware that this disc is included in the 6 disc set Dall'Abaco / Locatelli / Cannabich / Vanhal / Kozeluch / Eberl: Concerto Koln, and which may be a better value.
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