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Vaclav Pichl: Symphonies
By London Mozart Players and Matthias Bamert. By Wenzel Pichl. Classical. CD. Chandos #CHAN 9740. Published by Chandos (NX.CHAN-9740).
Item Number: NX.CHAN-9740
Vaclav (Wenzel) Pichl was born on September 25, 1741 of humble parentage, at Bechyne. He began his musical studies with Jan Pokorny, the local choirmaster and teacher. Pichl's list of works includes twenty operas, thirty masses, eighty-nine symphonies, thirty concertos, and a huge body of chamber music, including 148 pieces which he wrote for Joseph Haydn's employer. The Symphony in B flat, Z23 is scored for strings, two oboes and two horns. A solemn and substantial introductory Grave prefaces a vivacious sonata-form Allegro assai with two contrasting themes, a taut development section, and a condensed recapitulation. The second movement is a tender Andante arioso in F, elaborately laid out for the strings alone; it is followed by a Rondo with a rather square, but engaging, refrain, and three spirited episodes. The Symphony in E flat, Z24 is scored fro strings, two oboes and two horns as well. The first movement is a trim Allegro with a rhythmic first subject, closely followed by a gentle second subject on oboes and violins. Next comes an Andante in B flat, in the style of a Gavotte and in the form of slow rondo with two episodes, the first in G minor and the second in E flat major, and then a brisk finale in condensed sonata form and enlivened by syncopation. The London Mozart Players in Britain's longest-estalished chamber orchestra. lFounded in 1949 by the late Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players have a worldwide reputation for its outstanding and insightful performances and recordings of its core repertoire - the music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
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