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Franz Ignaz Beck: Symphonies Op. 4, Nos. 4-6 & Op. 3, No. 5 / Czech Chamber SO Parbudice; Marek ètilec

Album Summary

>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in D major, Op. 4/4 (Callen 22)
>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in G major, Op. 4/5 (Callen 23)
>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in E flat major, Op. 4/6 (Callen 24)
>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Symphony in D minor, Op. 3/5 (Callen 17)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The court at Mannheim, one of Europe’s great eighteenth-century musical centres, provided myriad opportunities for creative development. Having absorbed the ideas of his teacher, Johann Stamitz, and of other luminaries, Beck wrote a series of symphonies notable for their dramatic contrasts, breadth and sweep, the progressive inclusion of woodwinds and a willingness to explore expressive intensity. Further Beck Symphonies may be heard on Naxos 8.553790, 8.554071, 8.570799 and 8.573248.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The House of Music Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic (08/27/2013-09/06/2013).



Reviews

Beck Symphonies Anticipate Mozart
Franz Ignaz Beck was part of the Mannheim School of the mid-1700's. It was there that Johann Stamitz and his colleagues and students developed the language of the modern symphony, particularly with their use of dramatic contrasts and crescendos (the famed "Mannheim Rocket").

Beck was a student of Stamitz, and fully embraced the new innovations. He spent most of his professional life in France, where (until the Revolution), he enjoyed great success.

Compared to Mozart and Haydn's mature efforts, Beck's symphonies don't seem to completely jell. But they're still enjoyable. I found them both engaging and enlightening. It's easy to assume that Mozart's musical genius sprang out of nowhere, but recordings like this remind us that a good deal of the foundation for his music had already been laid.

Overall, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Marke Stilec perform well. I did hear occasional intonation problems in some of the more exposed string passages, though.

Anyone who likes early Haydn and Mozart should find much to enjoy in the music of Beck.
Submitted on 02/13/15 by RGraves321 
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>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in D major, Op. 4/4 (Callen 22)
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Parbudice
  • Notes: The House of Music Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic (08/27/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in G major, Op. 4/5 (Callen 23)
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Notes: The House of Music Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic (08/27/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Sinfonia in E flat major, Op. 4/6 (Callen 24)
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Notes: The House of Music Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic (08/27/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Beck, Franz Ignaz : Symphony in D minor, Op. 3/5 (Callen 17)
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Notes: The House of Music Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic (08/27/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral