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Sigismund von Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies; Sinfonie Heroïque / Willens

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>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in D minor, Op. 9 NV 26
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost, NV 426
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in B flat major, NV 41
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Grande Sinfonie héroïque in D major, Op. 19 NV deest

Album Summary

>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in D minor, Op. 9 NV 26
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost, NV 426
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in B flat major, NV 41
>Neukomm, Sigismund : Grande Sinfonie héroïque in D major, Op. 19 NV deest
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
Throughout all four works, there is evident a great dramatic sense, some sections worthy of Beethoven. Neukomm's music has been lost to us in the shadows of such composers as Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann. But any listener interested in hearing something fresh in the style and manner of this time is sure to enjoy Neukomm's work... ... read more ...

During the first half of the nineteenth century Neukomm was one of Europe's most highly regarded composers. He was the highly favored protégée of the French diplomat Talleyrand and established contacts with the high nobility. With a mind of his own, his originality is demonstrated in his 4 orchestral fantasies, which he termed an Essay in a New Genre.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
From that point on this work is clearly homage to Haydn, Neukomm's teacher. In many ways it's like the Military Symphony with a bigger, more muscular orchestra, especially in the Minuet (II). The performances of the Symphony and the Fantasy in D minor show just how superb Willens and the Cologne Academy are. Here it sounds like they use superbly tuned period instruments with 6- 5-3-3-2 strings and a full array of woodwinds, brass, and timpani. Their playing is utterly alerted, pungent, and highly rhythmic, with warm lovely quiet sections and a huge breadth of expression. And superb engineering captures every dynamic level with richness and balance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln (01/2010).



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Works Details

>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in D minor, Op. 9 NV 26
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Cologne Academy
  • Running Time: 13 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1806

>Neukomm, Sigismund : Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost, NV 426
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832-1833

>Neukomm, Sigismund : Fantaisie for large orchestra in B flat major, NV 41
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1808

>Neukomm, Sigismund : Grande Sinfonie héroïque in D major, Op. 19 NV deest
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1817