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Marsh: Symphonies / Bamert, London Mozart Players

Album Summary

>Marsh, John : Symphony no 6 in D
>Marsh, John : Conversation Symphony, for 2 orchestras in E flat major (Symphony no 10)
>Marsh, John : Symphony no 2 in B flat
>Marsh, John : Symphony no 7 in E flat "La Chasse"
>Marsh, John : Symphony no 8
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The popular Contemporaries of Mozart series with Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players is one of Chandos’ longest-running projects with over 20 recordings in the catalogue. This latest installment features the music of John Marsh, one of the most prolific composers in eighteenth century England, yet today is sadly ignored. "Marsh’s symphonies have such charm that their neglect seems inexcusable" writes Richard Gorer in Grove Music. His oeuvre spans nearly all the genres of the period and at a conservative estimate his compositions number well over 350, including 39 symphonies.

BBC Music Magazine
As always in this series, the London Mozart Players under Matthias Bamert provide impeccably stylish performances.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Limited invention, but this English gentleman's music is certainly agreeable. Though Marsh's invention can be banal and short-breathed, there is an indefinable quality of robust Englishness to many of his melodies. Several movements have a distinct whiff of Handel, especially the catchy country-dance finale of No 8, with its piquant changes of instrumental colouring (shades here of the Water Music). There are rollicking Handelian fanfares, too, in the first movement and minuet of the most ambitious and massively scored symphony, No 6, though Marsh's acknowledged inspiration here was Haydn's late symphonies.

The 'London Bach', Johann Christian, is another unmissable influence, above all in the ConversationSymphony, an original take on Bach's symphonies for double orchestra.

As ever in their 'Contemporaries of Mozart' series, Matthias Bamert and the LMP give carefully prepared, well-paced performances, rhythmically lively without falling into autopilot, and balancing polish with a down-to-earth directness crucial to Marsh's music. Among a clutch of expert soloists, the horns deserve a tip of the hat for their brave braying in the brief 'hunting' symphony, No 7. The recording has an attractive bloom. A modestly pleasing curio, recommended to anyone who likes to venture down 18th-century symphonic byways.

Gramophone Magazine
A modestly pleasing curio, recommended to anyone who likes to venture down 18th-century symphonic byways.



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>Marsh, John : Symphony no 6 in D
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/26/2006-10/27/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Marsh, John : Conversation Symphony, for 2 orchestras in E flat major (Symphony no 10)
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/26/2006-10/27/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1778

>Marsh, John : Symphony no 2 in B flat
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/26/2006-10/27/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Marsh, John : Symphony no 7 in E flat "La Chasse"
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/26/2006-10/27/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Marsh, John : Symphony no 8
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/26/2006-10/27/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778