FRANZ KROMMER (1759-1831): Symphonies No. 4 C Minor, Op. 102, No. 5 in E Flat, Op. 105 and No. 7 in G Minor, Padrta I:7.

Catalogue Number: 04T006

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 125-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Listening to the six symphonies so far released in this series one becomes more and more incredulous that they have been almost unknown and almost never recorded. Dynamic, dramatic, energetic, richly orchestrated, they are not far below the best of late Haydn and early Schubert and, in my opinion, above the Spohr cycle which has three complete recordings. The fiery and propulsive minor-key symphonies here (1820 and 1824) bracket a festive work from 1821 which shows that Krommer did bright and sunny and as well as dark and stormy. Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Howard Griffiths.

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