Matthias Bamert does a masterful job directing the London Mozart Players for these four symphonies. These pieces truly come to vivid life by these performances. Chandos Digital is to also be commended for these recordings.
I just discovered this Series entitled "Contemporaries of Mozart" and this CD of Stamitz symphonies is my first purchase. The recording is clean and crisp, the ensemble fresh and energetic. I was wonderfully impressed by the music itself. The symphonies remind me more of J.C. Bach than any other composer. Are they Masterworks? Maybe not, but they are tight symphonies full of joyous music. Each symphony is comparable to the middle symphonies of 'Papa' Haydn and W.A. Mozart. The slow movements of the C Major and G Major symphonies especially have lovely melodies that I found myself humming long after the music stopped. The G Major is my personal favorite, but a close second is the D Major - 'La Chasse' with its bouncing horns and lively strings. If you want to go on a MUSICAL ADVENTURE beyond the standards of Papa Hadyn and W.A. Mozart, you will be pleasantly surprised by these symphonies ---- sadly overlooked, I know not why.....
I have been purchasing and listening to as many of the wonderful Chandos Contemporaries of Mozart series as I can afford and find the time to listen to, and this disc lives up to expectations. I agree with an earlier reviewer that Baguer may be more favorably compared to Haydn than to Mozart, which to my mind is definitely a good thing. The music is clever, witty, and inventive, not just pretty or emotional as Mozart often can be. The performances and recording quality are of course up to the usual Chandos standards.If you're exploring less well known composers of early classical music, this disc, and probably the entire Chandos series are must haves.
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