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Willens: Stamitz – Le Jour Variable, Four Symphonies (FLAC)

Willens: Stamitz - Le Jour Variable, Four Symphonies (FLAC)

Willens: Stamitz – Le Jour Variable, Four Symphonies (FLAC)

Composer: Carl Stamitz
Orchestra: Kölner Akademie
Conductor: Michael Alexander Willen
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: CPO
Catalogue: 5553442
Release: 2021
Size: 260 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Symphony in D minor, Op. 15 No. 3 (Kai 24)
01. I. Presto
02. II. Andante
03. III. Prestissimo

Symphony in G major, Op. 2 No. 3, KaiS. 3
04. I. Allegro
05. II. Andante
06. III. Menuetto cantabile
07. IV. Presto

Symphony in E flat major, Op. 6 No. 2, KaiS. 5
08. I. Allegro assai
09. II. Andante molto dolce
10. III. Poco presto

Grand Pastoral Symphony in G major, KaiS. 32 ‘Le jour variable’
11. I. Pastorale. Le beau matin. Andante moderato
12 .II. Le tempête. Allegro con spirito
13. III. La nuit obscure. Andante moderato
14. IV. La chasse. Un poco moderato

During his lifetime Carl Stamitz, the firstborn son of Johann Stamitz, the famous founder of the Mannheim School, became a violin and viola virtuoso and successful composer. In its “Carl Stamitz Edition”, CPO is now releasing four more symphonies that were regarded as a practically ideal embodiment of sensibility because his “heart full of feeling left its imprint on his music”.


Stamitz’s desire to discover and explore new paths in the composition of symphonies took him to the programmatic pastoral symphony “Le jour variable” (La promenade royale) designed in Versailles in the fall of 1772. What Stamitz presents to the ears in the way of previously “unheard-of” music would completely outshine even the programmatic pieces produced at the end of the nineteenth century. Many experts, including Hugo Riemann, were very much aware of the fact that this program symphony is a particularly interesting and remarkable composition.

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