JOHANN WENZEL KALLIWODA (1801-1866): Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 7, Concertino for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in E, Op. 15, Introduktion und Variationen for Clarinet and Orchestra in B, Op. 128.

Catalogue Number: 02S006

Label: Carus

Reference: 83.289

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Remember the 1973 Candide LP by the Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jindrich Rohan? Well, that was the only way you could hear this symphony until now. Dating from 1825, it’s redolent of Schubert (the Fifth comes to mind in the first movement and maybe a bit of Mozart’s No. 39 in the slow movement) until you get startled in the minuet by hearing the scherzo of Schumann’s Fourth! Did Schumann crib it or did the motif come to both composers independently? The 15-minute Concertino of 1829 begins in fresh, light, divertimento-like style but the rondo-finale really puts the soloist to the test while the later 1844 clarinet piece is an arrangement of a four-hands piano work and has some affinities with Italian opera of the period. Daniel Sepec (violin), Pierre-André Taillard (clarinet), Hofkapelle Stuttgart; Frieder Bernius.

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