Shame on you, Bamert!
M. Dubin | 05/17/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have waited so long for a modern digital recording of Richter's Sinfonia con fuga in g minor (here no.29), and what do we get? A first movement which is cut in half!
In actuality, the 1st movement is Adagio - Fuga - Adagio - Fuga da capo. So what is this movement as performed by Bamert? Adagio - Fuga. That is it! The lovely adagio section which follows the first fuga is omitted along with the da capo of the fuga. The fuga is so masterful that it is worth hearing twice, and that is how Richter composed it!
Too bad the archive LP of this lovely symphony along with other sinfonias from composers of the Mannheim School has not be reissued on CD.
I will not comment one way or another on the other four sinfonias on this disc since I am not familiar with them. But I cannot recommend this CD due to the incompleteness of the symphony no.29 in g minor.
It's Still Worth It
Too Cold in Madison | Madison, WI, USA | 10/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I agree that it's a shame if one of the works is truncated for some reason, the veracity of which I'll have to take the other reviewer's word for, I disagree that it makes this a one-star selection. It is lovely music played well. I'd never heard of this composer before and, as with all discs in the Contemporaries of Mozart series, am grateful for this introduction. I will definitely keep an eye out for a full version of the 29th."