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CHAN 10351

Hoffmeister: Symphonies

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2005

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2005


London Mozart Players

Matthias Bamert


St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


Rachel Smith


Jonathan Cooper

Michael Common


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 62:53
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Symphony in G major 'La festa della Pace 1791'

  in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
1 [I] Allegro 9:12
2 II Poco adagio 5:24
3 III Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio 4:13
4 IV Allegro molto, Turchesco 5:02

Symphony in E major

  in E-Dur - en mi majeur  
5 [I] Allegro molto 7:01
6 [II] Adagio non troppo 5:04
7 [III] Minuetto - Trio 3:17
8 [IV] Presto 3:43

Symphony in D major

  in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
9 [I] Allegro molto 7:07
10 [II] Adagio 4:14
11 [III] Menuetto - Tio 4:18
12 [IV] Finale. Allegro molto 4:18
The best-selling Contemporaries of Mozart series with Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players is one of Chandos’ most long-running recording projects and we are delighted to add three symphonies by the German-Austrian composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister to the collection. His highly appealing music is full of fluent melodies and classical elegance, much admired by Schubert. All the works are here recorded for the first time.

The disc consists entirely of premiere recordings.

Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players have received consistently rave reviews throughout this comprehensive series.

Franz Anton Hoffmeister achieved fame as a publisher of works by Haydn, Mozart, Vanhal, Albrechtsberger and Pleyel as well as himself and others. The publishing business he founded in Leipzig in 1799, called the Bureau de Musique, published many of Beethoven’s works, and was the forerunner of C.F. Peters, a firm that still exists. As a composer, he was a well-respected figure in his day, with a large and varied output of music, from keyboard and chamber works to operas, symphonies and concertos – including those rarities, concertos for viola and for double-bass. Shortly after his death, the musical lexicographer Ernst Ludwig Gerber praised Hoffmeister for his ‘industry and versatility’ and for ‘the musical pleasure he has given in the most varied genres... [his] enrichment and advancement of instrumental music, especially through the richness of ideas in his large and brilliant symphonies... He earned his well-deserved and widespread reputation through the intrinsic merit of his works, which are not only rich in feeling and expression, but employ the instruments interestingly and appropriately, and are distinguished by their ease of performance... one might often have thought he was himself a virtuoso on the instruments for which he was writing’.

The Symphony in E major and Symphony in D major are early works, published in about 1778.They are tuneful and well crafted, with sparkling outer movements, graceful minuets and suitable touches of melancholy in the minor-mode slow movements. One can see why Hoffmeister became so popular with the musical public. The Symphony in G major is a later and more substantial work. Its title, ‘La festa della Pace 1791’, commemorates the signing of a peace treaty with Turkey by Emperor Leopold II on 4 August 1791, after an expensive and inconclusive war in the Balkans. The last movement, called ‘Turchesco’, features the same ‘Turkish music’ (triangle, cymbals and bass drum) that Haydn was to use a few years later in his ‘Military’ Symphony No. 100.The compositional style has matured and Hoffmeister has become quite adventurous harmonically.

Good notes, sparkling sound, and fine performances all combine to make this a fine release.
American Record Guide

I cannot imagine a better advocacy than this recording under the alert and sensitive direction of Matthias Bamert, who secures some excellent playing from the London Mozart Players.
Gramophone on CHAN 9916 (Wranitzky)

This is a very welcome addition to Chandos’s Contemporaries of Mozart series.
International Record Review on CHAN 9877 (Salieri)

Bamert’s lively direction and the highly professional playing of the London Mozart Players provide Herschel with the best imaginable advocacy, and we may be grateful to Chandos for giving us the chance to hear his music.
Gramophone on CHAN 10048 (Herschel)

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