Dittersdorf: Sinfonia in D major; Sinfonia in E flat major; Sinfonia in A major

Dittersdorf: Sinfonia in D major; Sinfonia in E flat major; Sinfonia in A major

by Alvaro Cassuto
     
 

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, even more so than Antonio Salieri, was the ultimate court insider among musicians, for all the good it did him -- when he died in 1799, his music was already out of fashion and Dittersdorf was hard up for money. But making nice-nice with the court was something Ditters did as a matter of second nature, andSee more details below

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Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, even more so than Antonio Salieri, was the ultimate court insider among musicians, for all the good it did him -- when he died in 1799, his music was already out of fashion and Dittersdorf was hard up for money. But making nice-nice with the court was something Ditters did as a matter of second nature, and a great quality of his vast corpus of surviving music was devoted to plying that trade. Nonetheless, certain works of Ditters do stand out as having qualities that are worth reviving in posterity, and Naxos' Dittersdorf: Sinfonias, featuring the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of Álvaro Cassuto, contains three symphonies that are better than the average. This is the fifth disc of Ditters' symphonies that Naxos has thus far issued, but they are certainly in no immediate danger of running out, as he composed more than 100 of them. The performance by Cassuto and the Lisbon group, prepared from newly minted Artaria Editions, is not extraordinary but better than workman-like, and the group has a nice, full sound. The most interesting of these symphonies is the A major item with its quirky, rather untypical minuet, but the other two have their moments -- the E flat major work opens with a cheerful Adagio that serves as a preface to the opening Allegro that's like a sunrise in the Alps. Curiously, the Naxos package is at odds with itself concerning the dates of these three symphonies. The back plate blurb claims that they all come from the 1780s, but inside the book it is stated that the D major and E flat symphonies date from the 1780s, but the work in A is "early" (i.e., from the 1760s). The latter option seems more likely, as the D major and E flat symphonies are scored for a fuller, more expanded orchestra than the A major work, which bears traces of the influence of Franz Josef Haydn. Naxos' Dittersdorf: Sinfonias is not terrific Ditters that will change one's life, along with one's perception of him as a mass-producer of pleasant music. However, it is not mediocre Ditters, either, and renews hope that among his own Alpine-sized mountain of work that there are still more undiscovered treasures to revive and enjoy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313019878
catalogNumber:
8570198
Rank:
376739

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  1. Sinfonia in D major, Grave D6  - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf  - Alvaro Cassuto  - Franzpeter Messmer  -  London Metropolitan Orchestra  -  Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
  2. Sinfonia in A major, Grave A6  - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf  - Alvaro Cassuto  - Franzpeter Messmer  -  London Metropolitan Orchestra  -  Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
  3. Sinfonia in E flat major, Grave Eb9  - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf  - Alvaro Cassuto  - Franzpeter Messmer  -  London Metropolitan Orchestra  -  Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra

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