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Concertos: April 2008 Archives

Concerti from Verona

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Teldec Das Alte Werk 22166

Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco
(1675-1742)

Concerti a Quattro da Chiesa, Op. 2 #1, 4, 5 & 7
Concerti a Più Instrumenti, Op. 5 #3, 5 & 6
Concerti a Più Instrumenti, Op. 6 #5 & 11

Concerto Köln
Teldec Das Alte Werk 3984-22166-2 78:15

The Veronese composer Dall'Abaco worked in Italy, Bavaria and France, all of whose music influenced his compositions. A wide variety of moods and dance forms is on display on this CD from the ever-reliable Concerto Köln. Lovers of Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann or Jean-Philippe Rameau will find much to enjoy.

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The First Finnish Symphony

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Ondine 1019

Ernst Mielck
(1877-1899)

Symphony in F Minor, Op. 4
Concert Piece for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 8

John Storgårds, violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo
Ondine ODE1019-2 55:49

Mielck's symphony is generally credited with being the first by a Finnish composer, beating Jean Sibelius by a year or two. It's well worth exploring and adds yet another to the list of short-lived composers with thoughts of what else he might have achieved. The Concert Piece is pleasant without being distinctive, but it's the symphony that's the main interest.

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Bohemian Concertos for Piano

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Supraphon 3819

Václav Jan Tomášek
(1774-1850)

Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Op. 18
Piano Concerto #2 in E Flat Major, Op. 20

Jan Simon, piano
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Válek
Supraphon SU3819-2 53:19

These two sunny concertos (1803/5) show the influences of Wolfgang Mozart in festive mood, as in the piano concerto K503, Ludwig van Beethoven and even Carl Maria von Weber, but there are some delightful touches characteristic of none of them. If this appeals, there are other works of this composer to explore, not least his delightful Eclogues for piano.

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