Thursday, March 23, 2017

Winter, von Peter. (1754-1825) Orchestral works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
First listen: 25-10-2012.
Second listen: 1-11-2012.
Third listen: 23-3-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: January 2009.
Recording venue: BR München, Studio 1, Germany.
Recording engineer: Not mentioned.
Running time: 56:08.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Sinfonia No. 1 in D major.
Ouverture à grand Orchestre opus 24 in C minor.
From: Six Entr'Actes, No. 3/5/6.
Sinfonia O opus in D major. "Schweriner".

Performed by:
Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Johannes Moesus.
Soloists in the Entr'Actes:
Christiane Dohn, Flute.
Jürgen Evers, Oboe.
Michael Weigel, Bassoon.

He was one of the most productive and versatile composers of all times. His name was famous throughout Europe, from Russia to France, and from Italy to England. He was elevated to the nobility. His burial cortege was like a royal funeral procession. But none of this could keep Peter von Winter from quickly and completely falling into oblivion.
Was that deserved? No, of course not, but it happened anyway.
He was considered in the 19th century as on equal footing with the likes of, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven and Weber. And do I think this to be true? Well his music is distinguished by a characteristically captivating swing and a colourful orchestration. All is finely balanced in tone colour and transparently instrumented, a brilliant orchestrator, his work has a unifying outlook, and a blending of instinctive and formal sureness, which you find throughout the works on this disc. If you need sampling, just go to the entr'Actes, which is brilliantly written, and a demonstration work of how good a composer he actually was. This stream of quality writing is part and parcel of his compositions. A unique voice? Yes, but not without its influences from the named composer earlier in this review. You will only notice this in the technical part, melodically and emotionally, this is prime von Winter.
The recording is good, with enough detail, and a good stage image. The orchestra could have done with smaller forces, but they do a perfectly good job.

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