From my collection
A free gift from JPC de.
First listen: 19-1-2017.
Second listen: 26-1-2017.
Third listen: 7-2-2017.
Recording dates: March 2015.
Recording venue: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, Germany.
Recording engineer: Uwe Walter.
Running time: 62:02.
Classical relevance: Well worth acquiring.
Works performed by:
La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider.
Abel wrote nice symphonies. He published six collections of them. Opus 7 is the third of these collections, and originated sometime between 1763 and 1767.
The fun thing is that Abel used folk music throughout the opus 7, mostly in a rondo form, which was unusual, but he achieves thereby his own individual musical language. Most of the melodies are memorable and quite inventive. Do not make the mistake of thinking these works simplistic, for when it comes to the structure of the works, the compositions on the contrary are extremely intricate, with some excellent part writing, mostly in the middle voices. Melodious as well as harmonious.
The performance is as I am used to from earlier recordings of this ensemble and conductor in the same field. Alert it is, and in depicting the details, most excellent. Tempi are well judged.
Recording is very good.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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