E.T.A. HOFFMANN (1776-1822): Symphony in E Flat, Overture to Undine, Overture and March from Aurora, FRIEDRICH WITT (1770-1836): Symphony in A. This
Catalogue Number: 02Q007
Reference: 777 208-2
Description: This is at least the first recording of Hoffmann's 1806 symphony since Schwann's in 1982 (released on CD in 1987) and Koch/Schwann's live recording with Concerto Bamberg released in 1997. The Witt appeared in 2010 on Naxos (09M033). But these are on period instruments and will appeal to collectors of same. Hoffmann's avowed model was Haydn (although the Schwann release notes tell us it's Mozart's Sym. No. 39) and it does sound very much like the Haydn of the London symphonies. Witt's is less advanced stylistically since it is an early work (c. 1790), not yet ready to be mistaken for early Beethoven like his "Jenaer" symphony. If there's another recording of the two pieces from Aurora, I don't know about it. Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens.