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Sinfonias, Sonatas & Oboe Concerto
By Capricornus Consort Basel. By Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789). Classical. CD. Christophorus #CHR77409. Published by Christophorus (NX.CHR77409).
Item Number: NX.CHR77409
For centuries, scholars, critics, connoisseurs and experts have tended to divide the history of music into clearly defined and distinct epochs: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, etc. However, it is all too easy to forget that none of these eras, regarded as evolutionary leaps in music, were born out of nowhere; indeed, they were mostly the result of more or less long periods of transition. Although we are able to precisely define the specific terms used for labeling these musical eras, the interim phases are difficult to name and concepts such as "late baroque" or "pre-classical" are used. The fate reserved to composers who worked in such periods of transition is that of a late or early birth, given that their music is so difficult to grasp in retrospect. The works on this new release are instrumental pieces from the early Classical period, when the Baroque era was fading away and new ideas were being presented. The Capricornus Consort Basel has been highly praised by critics for their sensible interpretations on their previous recordings of Erlebach, Graupner, and Manfredini.