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The Classical Explorer

Beethoven's Early Rival

CPO 777374

Joseph Wölfl

Piano Concerto #1, Op. 20 (after 1801)
Piano Concerto #5 "Grand Military", Op. 43 (1799)
Piano Concerto #6 "The Cuckoo", Op. 49 (before 1810)
Piano Concerto #4 "The Calm", Op. 36, (before 1807): Andante

Yorck Kronenberg, piano
SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern/Johannes Moesus
CPO 777374-2 76:06

Sounding much like late Mozart and, occasionally, early Beethoven, these exuberant concertos are immediately attractive. What makes them different from their apparent models is much greater use of trumpets and drums, thus giving an air of celebration to the music. Yet again CPO has recorded, apparently for the first time, music that did not deserve its long neglect.

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