ANTONIO CARTELLIERI (1772-1807): Symphonies No. 1 in C Minor, No. 2 in E Flat, No. 3 and No. 4.

Catalogue Number: 09O005

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 667-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Astute collectors will identify the conductor of this Taiwanese orchestra as one of the oboists in Dieter Klöcker's Consortium Classicum during the 80s and 90s and it's Klöcker who found the first two of these symphonies while looking for more Cartellieri clarinet concertante works. Then he found a catalogue of the Italian composer's works which showed that there were a total of four symphonies. A bizarre tale in the booklet note tells of finding them in an un-named country, an uncooperative librarian, the intervention of a political functionary whose child happened to be a Consortium Classicum student and finally the ability to record all four symphonies. The hard-to-find Nos. 3 and 4 are the long ones (24 and 21 minutes, as opposed to 17 and 12 for the first two); all are four movement works except No. 2 and tend to amplify initial material in each movement rather than offer second subjects with argument and recapitulation. No dates are given but the mood is Haydn, Vanhal and Kozeluch although one might think a bit of Weber in the First. Evergreen Symphony Orchestra; Gernot Schmalfuss.

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