CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714-1787): Symphonies in G "Weimarer", in A "Regensburger", in F and in D, Symphony in D (Symphony concertante) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon, 2 Horns and Strings.

Catalogue Number: 07N032

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 411

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: These days, musicologists think that there may be as many as 14 symphonies by Gluck, some of them remanufactured from opera overtures and other operatic music. The Weimarer is the longest here, at 14:27, and the most Haydnesque, sounding at home with the symphonies Haydn was turning out in the early 1770s. Not only the Symphony concertante but also the F major work is a virtuoso outing for pairs of horns. The notes flag the operatic sources and point out that, as far as the origin of Gluck's symphonic ambitions, he spent eight years in Milan (1737-45) in close proximity to Giovanni Battista Sammartini. However they may have been motivated, these are little gems of the genre sure to delight collectors of the early Classical symphony. L'Orfeo Barockorchester; Michi Gaigg.

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