Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel. (1801-1866) Orchestral Works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
First listen: 24-10-2012.
Second listen: 2-11-2012.
Third listen: 30-11-2016.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: January 24-27, 2009.
Recording venue: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal, Germany.
Recording engineer: Michael Morawietz.
Running time: 67:41.
Classical relevance: Worthwhile.

Works performed:
Concert Overture No. 17, opus 242.
Symphony No. 2, opus 17 & 4, opus 60.

Works performed by:
Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens.

It is a good thing to have the Kalliwoda symphonies recorded. In general he gets little attention, and that is not deserved, for the quality of the music is such that it warrants repeated listening. He writes catchy melodies, rhythmically and energetic. He does not give you the chance to get bored, by giving input that keeps your interested and alert. Not that it is earth shaking in its result, but it makes fine listening nevertheless.
It is well performed by this orchestra, but I have some issues with Willens concerning the placing of the musicians during the recording sessions. It is recorded in three days, and the engineer clearly did not remember where the microphones were when he started recording, for we get a different sound stage with every work. Willens does not change the placement of instrumentalist in the overture, which sounds good and balanced, not perfectly but reasonable. In the second symphony he rearranges the first Violins more to the right, divided them unevenly, including timpani and some brass. Result is a emphasis on the right channel, and left is undernourished. Not a wise nor sensible decision. In the fourth symphony he came to his senses, and rearranged the whole orchestra, so that both channels get an even share of the sound. The engineer made this the best of the recordings. but the orchestral colours go all awry, and the outlay makes no sense at all. Now I know Willens to be individualistic personality, for this is not the only recording he approached in such a way, but I tend to disagree with him more as to agree, so I will sample in a thorough way the next recording that awakens my interest.  



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