Birth of the Symphony - Early Mannheim String Symphonies
Celebrating the birth of the symphony and of the symphony orchestra at the Mannheim court in the middle of the 18th century, these two discs give electrifying insights into the enlightened vision and raw musical energy of two of the most central composers of the legendary "Mannheimer Schule", F.X. Richter and the "father of the symphony" himself, Johann Stamitz.
Recorded at the Holland Festival of Early Music in Utrecht in celebration of the recent Corelli 350th anniversary year, this groundbreaking disc presents Corelli's musical aesthetic and soundworld in a whole new light.
Featuring world première recordings of newly discovered works from The Netherlands' own symphonic tradition at the glittering 18th century court of Orange in The Hague, this disc presents an array of Dutch musical crown jewels by composers active at the court, including symphonies by C.E. Graaf, Schwindl, C. Stamitz and F. Zappa (Cello Symphonies).