This release completes our 3-volume edition of Leopold Hofmann's flute concertos. Many contemporaries of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven tended to be overshadowed by the mighty trio, both then and now. During his day, however, Hofmann sustained a most distinguished career both in Vienna a throughout Europe, and these outstanding performances in world premiere recordings will surely help reinstate him to that level for today's audience.
Leopold HOFMANN (1738–1793)
Flute Concertos, Vol. 3
Uwe Grodd, Flute
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Michael Halász
Leopold Hofmann was among the most prominent Viennese composers of his generation, his music performed all over Europe. Hofmann’s radiant flute concertos follow the conventions of the day with superlative elegance and a deceptive facility. The solo writing has a lightness, grace and agility perfectly suited to the instrument’s strengths, particularly in the lovely and often rhapsodic slow movements. It is hardly surprising that musicians and audiences found these concertos so beguiling, and they have lost none of their magic today.
Listen to an extract from Flute Concerto in G major, Badley G1:
About the Artists
is a New Zealand-based German conductor and flautist who has performed and recorded internationally for over 25 years. He is the founder and artistic director of the Flute Fest New Zealand (2001–2004) and an associate professor of conducting and flute at the University of Auckland. His reputation as an inspiring teacher is well documented by his students’ international performances and prizes. His editions of music by Vaňhal, Beethoven and Ries, published by Artaria Editions, are increasingly in demand.
The German-Hungarian conductor Michael Halász
made his debut at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich where, between 1972 and 1975, he directed all operetta productions. Various prestigious opera posts followed, leading to his appointment in 1991 as resident conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper, a position he held for 20 years. His extensive Naxos discography includes both operatic and symphonic repertoire.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice
, valued for its stylistic interpretations and the extraordinary quality of its orchestral sound, is ranked amongst the world’s leading representatives of Czech musical culture. It frequently performs at the most prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic and venues throughout Europe. It also regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects and has recorded dozens of successful albums.
Previous releases of works by Leopold Hofmann