Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rigel, Henri Joseph. (1741-1799) Symphonies.

New acquisition.
Bought in October 2016.
First listen: 2-11-2016.
Label: Berlin Classics
Recording dates: May 2008.
Recording venue: Köln, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Germany.
Recording engineer: Uwe Walter.
Running time: 69:31.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:  (Including World premiere recordings)
Symphony No. 4, opus 12
No 7 in D major.
No. 8 in G minor.
No 14, opus 21.
No. 10, opus 21.

Works performed by:
Concerto Köln.

Music from the Sturm und Drang period, but also a bit into the transitional towards the likes of Haydn, Mozart, and the pre Beethovenian style of Mehul, which is actually a very good comparison. The works on this disc are extremely inventive and a creative outburst of genius. Well written, open minded music, composed to delight and to provoke. Tempi are well judged by Concerto Köln, a whirlwind at times, as it should, and perfectly balanced slow movements. There is a wealth of musical details to be had, every turn has something new to offer, it's a virtual candy store. Can one imagine that this music was so shamefully neglected? No, obviously! I am for one happy that this sublime ensemble picked up the score and made this music into a fantastic experience. I enjoyed every single work, and many a time I wanted to replay a movement and or phrase. He creates some pretty bold modulations, and writes beautiful melodies, is a master of instrumental writing in an immaculately balanced form. The melodic inventiveness is sheer bliss, with a plethora of great and new ideas. In my opinion he surpassed many a composer in terms of creativity and orchestration. 
The recording is superb, with a deep soundstage from front to back all is audible. 


Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760) Partitas for Harpsichord. Volume I.

New acquisition. Date of purchase: July 2017. First listen: 26-7-2017. Label: Analekta. Recording dates: September 2001. Recording v...