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Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)

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Anton & Carl Stamitz - Concertos for Wind Instruments

Anton & Carl Stamitz - Concertos for Wind Instruments


Stamitz, A:

Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra in G major

Jirí Válek and Radomír Pivoda (flutes)

Stamitz, C:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat major

Bohuslav Zahradník (clarinet)

Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra in E flat major

Zdenek Tylšar (horn)


The names of the brothers Anton and Carl Stamitz, just like that of their father, Jan Václav Stamic, are primarily synonymous with Mannheim and the local orchestra, which as early as from the middle of the 18th century set new trends in instrumental music.

Both of them arose from this milieu, yet their masterly violin playing was later on admired by listeners in Paris and other European music centres (in Germany England, The Netherlands…). At the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, their concertos for wind instruments were performed by musicians no less famous and travelled.

The horn-player Zdenek Tylšar and the clarinettist Bohuslav Zahradník especially are still referred to by specialists with the greatest respect and reverence. In their time, both of them disseminated worldwide the splendid reputation of the Czech “wind school”, also as soloists of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The Stamitz brothers’ concertos afford soloists prodigious scope for virtuosity and musicality.

And on this album the soloists in question make use of it to the full, thereby providing us with the opportunity to enjoy an hour’s worth of music in the style of one of the most significant music centres of the second half of the 18th century.

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Benda, Stamitz & Rosetti: Flute Concertos

Benda, Stamitz & Rosetti: Flute Concertos


Benda, Franz:

Flute Concerto in E minor

Milan Munclinger

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in F major

Viktorie Svihlikova (harpsichord)

Rosetti:

Flute Concerto in D major

Martin Turnovsky

Stamitz, C:

Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 29

Václav Neumann


Jean Pierre Rampal (flute)

Prague Chamber Orchestra /PCHO, Milan Munclinger, Vaclav Neumann, Martin Turnovsky

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J. V. Stamic and Sons: Viola Concertos

J. V. Stamic and Sons: Viola Concertos


Stamitz, A:

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in B flat major

Stamitz, C:

Viola Concerto in D major Op. 1

Stamitz, J:

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G major


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Jean-Pierre Rampal in Prague – The Complete Supraphon Recordings

Jean-Pierre Rampal in Prague – The Complete Supraphon Recordings


Benda, Franz:

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in F major

Viktorie Švihlíková (harpsichord)

Flute Concerto in E minor

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Milan Munclinger

Feld:

Flute Concerto

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Jiráček

Prokofiev:

Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94

Alfréd Holeček (piano)

Richter, F X:

Sonate da camera No. 3 in A major

Viktorie Švihlíková (harpsichord)

Flute Concerto in D major

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Milan Munclinger

Rosetti:

Flute Concerto in D major

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Stamitz, C:

Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 29

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Martin Turnovský


Jean Pierre Rampal (flute)

Golden memories of Jean-Pierre Rampal’s time in Prague – legendary recordings, newly digitally remastered.

During his very first trip across the Iron Curtain, the French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922–2000), made friends with Milan Munclinger, an outstanding Czech musician, with whom he shared a passion for Baroque music. Owing to Munclinger’s initiative, on 31 May 1955 Rampal performed alongside the pianist Alfred Holecek before the packed auditorium within the Prague Spring festival. The very next day, Rampal made the first in his series of recordings for Supraphon, which featured Prokofiev’s Sonata. Until 1956, he made premiere recordings of sonatas by František Benda and F. X. Richter, concertos by Carl Stamitz and F. A. Rosetti, as well as, and most significantly – with the Prague Chamber Orchestra conducted by Munclinger – concertos by Richter and Benda. The latter two were extraordinary indeed, as evidenced by the international critical acclaim: the album went on to receive the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros.

Rampal’s final Supraphon album, made with the Czech Philharmonic in April 1958, contains the flute concerto by the then 33-year-old Jindrich Feld, who primarily gained global recognition thanks to Rampal. The phenomenal French flautist would continue to come to Prague in the following years to give concerts and to meet his close friends among Czech musicians.

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Kraft, Vranický & Stamitz: Cello Concertos

Kraft, Vranický & Stamitz: Cello Concertos


Kraft, Antonin:

Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 4

Stamitz, C:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in A major

Vranický, A:

Cello Concerto in D minor


Czech roots and international careers are the connecting link between the creators of all the three featured concertos.

Antonín Kraft, first cellist in Prince Esterházy’s orchestra, was according to Haydn, who initiated him into the art of composition, “one of the most superb masters of this instrument”.

In Dresden, he performed together with Mozart, and his virtuosity was also esteemed by Beethoven (who wrote for Kraft the demanding cello part of his Triple Concerto). Like Kraft, Antonín Vranický too lived in Vienna, studied with Haydn and was a friend of Beethoven. A superlative violinist, he worked as Kappelmeister, concert master and composer in Prince Lobkowitz’s orchestra and is considered the founder of the Vienna Violin School. Carl Stamitz was born in Mannheim, where he played the violin in the celebrated court orchestra before spending years in Paris and London and undertaking solo concert tours throughout Europe (Vienna, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, etc.).

His music contains undertones of the Romantic sentimentality. Michal Kaňka, a member of the Pražák Quartet and soloist, the holder of numerous accolades (including from the ARD Munich Competition) and with award-winning recordings to his name, has breathed new life into the nearly forgotten concertos created by the three masters.

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Stamitz: Sinfonie Concertante, Viola Concertos

Stamitz: Sinfonie Concertante, Viola Concertos


Stamitz, C:

Sinfonia Concertante in D major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

Sinfonia Concertante in C major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

Concerto in A major for Viola and Orchestra

Concerto in D major for Viola and Orchestra


Gabriela Demeterová (violin & viola)

Czech Philharmonic Collegium, Ondøej Vrabec

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