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Vanhal: Symphonies in G Minor / D Major / C Minor
 
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Vanhal: Symphonies in G Minor / D Major / C Minor

1 Mar 1998 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 1998
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:00:32
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  • ASIN: B001MV5H4A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,150 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rc_rc on 19 May 2008
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This is, as with all Chandos recordings, beautifully recorded.

The orchestra is good, the composer is interesting and underrated, but the performances don't grab me. Without deep insight or inspiration, they are neat but uninvolving.

Instead, to be grabbed and enthused by this composer, try the symphony recording on Supraphon, conducted by Oldrich Vlcek, and the Naxos Vanhal symphonies volume 1, conducted by Uwe Grodd. Both with acceptable recordings (not as good as the Chandos) but vastly more entertaining and enthralling performances, really doing this composer, and colleague of Mozart and Haydn, a service that this Chandos release fails to do. These are by central European orchestras, and as in Haydn Mozart and Beethoven so much of the time for orchestras from this region (think the VPO or Austro-Hungarian Haydn orchestra, etc), they bring more colour and flair to this music than the often neat but efficient English sound can bring.

(I have also tried ths Naxos Vanhal symphnies vol 3, directed by Kevin Mallon with a Canadian chamber orchestra, and found that also uninvolving, as an aside)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Noble on 1 Oct 2003
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I am a Mozart and Haydn fan but have just discovered VanHal's first rate symhonies.
What wonderful and uplifting music. It has echoes of Mozart & Haydn - the D major symphony sounds like Mozart's Haffner/Prague symphonies - but his music has a quality that is original & sometimes surprising. And, dare I say it, sometimes exceeding that of either the two more well known composers.
The second movement of symphony no G2 with its oboe solo is characteristic with its simplicity but yet artistry.
I also recommend two other albums on the Naxos label of Vanhal symphonies as worthy companions.
Go on enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan 2000
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Vanhal is now seen as a fairly minor composer; this CD should help redress the balance. The works here show originality and melodic flair, and Bamert is generally sympathetic, though rather stingy with repeats. The sound is pleasant but lacks some detail.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven? NO!!, Vanhal 15 July 2002
By "parsifal125" - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a composer of the late classical period, and I hear the final movement of the Symphony in g. It was a big surprise, it has a lot of sturm und drang, simple, but very dark. The other symphonies're quite good too. But the symphony in g, it's a must for the fans of the classical period.
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Lightning Strings - Sweet Melodies in Slow movements 15 Mar 2009
By Anthony Wages - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my 2nd 'musical adventure' with Bamert and his LMP. My first listen to the entire CD, especially the rousing finale of the C Minor symphony, and thus my first impression is of Vivaldi! (if Vivaldi had lived in this period and written symphonies ) Especially the finale of the C Minor and G Minor, the entire string sections sweep us away with urgent melodies that should cause sparks to leap off the bows upon strings. It is these energetic melodies with all of the strings working as one that remind of Vivaldi. However, it is the slow movements that highlight the skill of Vanhal. The slow movement of the G minor, a lovely melody for solo oboe against the soft bowing of the strings is a highlight for me. And the slow movements of the other two symphonies also contain memorable melodies that will echo in your mind long afterward. Highly recommended for those who want to venture to new lands of the classical period.
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Superb 25 Nov 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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The music of Johann Vanhal (1739-1813) has been rediscovered by Chandos and Naxos, and what a rediscovery. This Czech composer was a friend of Mozart, Dittersdorf and Haydn- in Vienna- and they played quartets together- what a combination!!
Shades of Haydn and Mozart are apparent here,but in his 80 or so Symphonies,Vanhal largely remains original.Of particular interest is the Menuetto in his Symphony in G minor,in which the oboe plays a solo with the strings. It is a very tender and exquisite moment, to be savoured.In some ways it suggests the slow movements of the later Mozart Piano Concertos.
I regard The London Mozart Players and The Prague Chamber Orchestra as the two best in the world, and The London Mozart Players shine in this recording.Their connection is so good that the music is allowed to express itself on its own merits.
Sound production here is superb- I can't imagine a Classical Music collection being without this disc. I give it the highest recommendation.
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