SIGISMUND VON NEUKOMM (1778-1858): Grande Sinfonie heroïque, Op. 19, Fantaisie à grand Orchestre, Fantaisie à grand Orchestre, Op. 9, Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost.

Catalogue Number: 11O002

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 573-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Neukomm was the inventor of the orchestral fantasy (a genre which plainly didn't take off), writing four of them in 1806-08, of which the Op. 9 recorded here gained more than a few European performances. In a complex form superimposing several formal models and procedures, it is colorfully orchestrated, with much solo work for horn and winds; the fourth is the other one recorded here, much simpler, in its slow-fast form really appearing like a symphonic first movement. The Dramatic Fantasia, written for the London Philharmonic Society in 1832-33, is basically a pre-tone-poem illustrating four episodes from Milton's poem. These three fantasies are all in the 12-13:30 minute range. The 24-minute symphony, from 1817 and presumably inspired by the defeat of Napoleon two years earlier, omits battle noises but otherwise makes use of typical heroic themes and grand gestures in a well-done example of the then-popular "heroic symphony" 8genre. Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens.

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