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Kalliwoda: Symphonies 5 & 7, etc / Spering, Neue Orchester

Album Summary

>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Symphony no 5 in B minor, Op. 106
>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Symphony no 7 in G minor, WoO/01
>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Overture for orchestra no 16 in A minor, Op. 238
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The amazing thing is that these are really good symphonies, and I can't imagine why they have had to wait so long for the attention of recording companies. Dare we hope that the other three will follow shortly? The Fifth Symphony was written in 1838-9 and published in 1840 when Kalliwoda was at the top of his form. It has militaristic overtones that are quite thrilling. Each movement is good, but IV is filled with long, great strides that make one want to tap one's feet. It should be noted that this performance is nearly three minutes faster than Bernius's Orfeo. I'm not sure which I prefer, for each one seems so right when I listen to it. The Seventh was published posthumously and seems to have been written about 1841, before the Sixth. While it may not have quite the overall power and drive of 5, it is still a fine work. It is unusual in that there is no true slow movement. II is a scherzo, and III is an almost hymn-like march. IV alternates between heroic ad playful modes. Overture 16 is the last of Kalliwoda's overtures. Written in 1863 long after the symphonies, it is a single movement of great character. It shows that Kalliwoda's compositional style hadn't failed even though he was more than 20 years older (living in Karlsruhe). Das Neue Orchester is a first-class German period instrument ensemble that plays with great precision. The horn playing is spectacularly accurate. Christoph Spering leads heroic performances that will surely win new adherents to Kalliwoda's music. The notes, as usual with CPO, are first class. The sound is also very fine." -ARG



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Works Details

>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Symphony no 5 in B minor, Op. 106
  • Conductor: Christoph Spering
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Orchester
  • Notes: Stolbergstraáe Köln (11/15/2004-11/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Symphony no 7 in G minor, WoO/01
  • Conductor: Christoph Spering
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Orchester
  • Notes: Stolbergstraáe Köln (11/15/2004-11/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel : Overture for orchestra no 16 in A minor, Op. 238
  • Conductor: Christoph Spering
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Orchester
  • Notes: Stolbergstraáe Köln (11/15/2004-11/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral