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JC Smith: The Seasons ~ John Christopher Smith
JC Smith: The Seasons ~ John Christopher Smith
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a live recording made in Nuremberg of an English Oratorio by John Christopher Smith, who with his parents followed Handel to London when he was eight years old. The boy became a pupil of the great man, a talented viola player and teacher and eventually a composer and friendly rival of Handel himself. The Seasons was written a year before Messiah, and over sixty years before Haydn's Oratorio with the same name and it's libretto is taken from Hymn on the Seasons by the Scottish poet James Thomson. The music is fascinating and colourful, naturally owing much to Handel, but also looking forward to Haydn and the later Enlightenment and showing what a civilised composer Smith was in his… Read more
CPE Bach: Magnificat; Motet Heilig Ist Gott ~ Elizabeth Watts
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a brilliant CD of music by C P E Bach which celebrates the tercentenary of his birth. His music is highly original and bridges the Baroque and the Classical eras, as can be heard in the wonderful Magnificat which is the main work on this disc. It is beautifully performed here by the RIAS Chamber choir and the Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin. The soloists, including our own Elizabeth Watts, are uniformly good, though the tenor's rather tight vibrato will not be to everyone's taste. The CD also includes an exciting piece for double chorus 'Heilig', also superbly performed. Last but certainly not least, there is an invigorating, biting performance of the Symphony in D. The orchestra… Read more
Weber: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 2 (Bassoon Concerto/ Inv&hellip ~ Karen Geoghegan
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Weber's symphonies have always been overshadowed by those of his great contemporary Beethoven. At last we have a recording of these unfairly neglected works that does them full justice. They are brilliantly performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena and superbly recorded by Chandos. Written by Weber when he was only twenty years old, the first symphony may look back to Mozart but it is superbly crafted and melodious. The second however is highly original, more harmonically adventurous than the first, with a startlingly brief and dramatic finale. Also on this CD there is an account of Weber's bassoon concerto, characterfully played by Karen Geoghehan. The CD opens with a splendid… Read more

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