FRANZ ANTON HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812): Symphonies in C, Hickman C8 and in D, Hickman D8, Overture to Der Königssohn aus Ithaka.
Catalogue Number: 10R003
Reference: 777 895-2
Description: One of the notable numbers of symphony composers who hardly wrote any after 1800 (the booklet note discusses and lists them), Hoffmeister numbered his total at 66. These are his last two and the only ones from the 19th century (1803 and 1805) and we list them so early in this month’s catalogue because they’re just plain wonderful: much use of winds and brass in orchestration, general mood of sunniness and optimism and fun, memorable motifs and the recording quality is so un-radio-studio as to be amazing. (And, no, the D major symphony is not the same one as is on the Chandos disc from 2005.) Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Howard Griffiths.