JUSTIN HEINRICH KNECHT (1752-1817): Le Portrait musical de la Nature ou Grande Symphonie, Overture to the Opera Die Aeolsharfe, Overture to the prologue upon the celebration of the wedding of the Royal Princess Katharine with the French Imperial Prince Jérôme, 3 arias from the opera Der Schulz im Dorfe, Bravura aria for the musical celebration at a festival for the King's birthday
Catalogue Number: 03N038
Description: Here is an entertaining predecessor to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony dating from 1785. Knecht, whose opera Die Aeolsharfe was offered in these pages in July of 2009 (07L042), takes just under 26 minutes to offer us a five-movement symphony of scene-painting (cheery pastoral scene, intimations of a storm, raging storm, clearing of storm, thanksgiving of nature and people) which offers much orchestral color and exciting use of percussion. (For those of you who don't like the human voice, don't worry, the four arias total only 10:35.) German-English texts. Sarah Wegener (soprano), Hofkapelle Stuttgart; Frieder Bernius.