Delightful, Joyous and Memorable Melodies!!!
Anthony Chandler Wages | GA | 02/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just discovered this Series entitled "Contemporaries of Mozart" and this CD of Stamitz symphonies is my first purchase. The recording is clean and crisp, the ensemble fresh and energetic. I was wonderfully impressed by the music itself. The symphonies remind me more of J.C. Bach than any other composer. Are they Masterworks? Maybe not, but they are tight symphonies full of joyous music. Each symphony is comparable to the middle symphonies of 'Papa' Haydn and W.A. Mozart. The slow movements of the C Major and G Major symphonies especially have lovely melodies that I found myself humming long after the music stopped. The G Major is my personal favorite, but a close second is the D Major - 'La Chasse' with its bouncing horns and lively strings. If you want to go on a MUSICAL ADVENTURE beyond the standards of Papa Hadyn and W.A. Mozart, you will be pleasantly surprised by these symphonies ---- sadly overlooked, I know not why....."
sacerdos | British Columbia | 06/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I rarely venture outside the classical mainstream, but in acquiring this
CD from Amazon.ca I came to see that exploring the lesser known composers can surprise and delight. This is a wonderful CD comprising four symphonies by Carl Stamitz, featuring the London Mozart Players. I especially enjoy the Symphony in D Major 'La Chasse', or 'The Chase'. This relatively little known work comprises three movements, with the lilting Andante particularly enjoyable. This CD is a valuable addition to
my CD library.
Are tastes cyclical?
rustic | 08/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love modern classical music, but sometimes feel challenged to listen extra hard to understand all of its nuances. That thought brings me to Stamitz and all of the composers of his time (take a hard look and you will find many besides Mozart and Haydn). This album contains works that are pleasant, beautiful, and MUSICAL. Is this thought shallow?"