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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2019

The music is engaging enough… There’s a generic quality about it that sounds as if it could have been written by any number of earlier Classical composers.

Performances by the 35-member-strong, modern-instrument Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under its conductor Marek Štilec are bright, alert, and buoyant. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2019

The performances and sound are all you might ask for. All the symphonies appear to have been written between 1779 and 1787, so are a product of his tenure in Vienna, and too are fairly early on as far as his longevity goes. They are in every way worth hearing and studying at length, as are his piano sonatas and chamber works to the extent I have been exposed to them, and so too to you in words as I have reviewed these things in this space… © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



iClassical, December 2018

Marek Štilec draws some fine playing from the members of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and all concerned show a belief in the music that prevents the listener from feeling that there is anything routine about these works. These are sparkling performances and the minuets in the Symphony in F major and Symphony in G Major, Op. 24 No. 3 are both delivered with a sense of charm and grace that will have you wanting to get out of your chair and dance! © 2018 iClassical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2018

Leopold Kozeluch’s vast collection of works was said to contain thirty symphonies (or sinfonias), though the musicologist, Milan Postolka, found only sixteen scores. Naxos’s packaging will bring a smile to your day, the front insert describing this as the second volume of Symphonies, but on the back it tells you it contains four Sinfonias. This ‘complete’ recording will embrace Postolka’s research as the world authority on the Bohemian composer, and will include all his numbered works on four discs, this being the second. It confirms my impression that Kozeluch was an estimable practitioner in the art of writing music, and at times certainly the equal of the young Haydn who was almost his direct contemporary. Two of the present collection are in three movements, the Fourth and Eighth having the addition of Minuets as the third movement. At the very least you would have to admire Kozeluch’s ability to write good finales, the bubbling Presto that concludes the Fourth would have been praiseworthy in an early Mozart symphony. So having praised him, what is the downside? Sometimes it is a lack of really interesting thematic material, the First being a particularly example as he tries his best in the opening movement to make something out of a rather uninteresting rhythmic idea. Fortunately the whole symphony lasts no more than twelve minutes, and I can promise you the remainder of the disc is well worth hearing, and in particular the Eighth, while the work given the nomenclature D3, is just as short as the First, but has the additional sounds of timpani and trumpets. The Pardubice orchestra and the conductor, Marek Stilec, breath new life into long forgotten and neglected music, and let me add, as I concluded in my review of the first volume, don’t be put off Kozeluch if you have only heard his keyboard works, his sinfonias are a very different proposition. © 2018 David’s Review Corner



Records International, December 2018

What is a disc of Classical symphonies doing as a featured item? Well, it’s December and there’s nothing else to choose from. As the notes put it, the symphonies “are notable for mellifluous themes, sophisticated structures and, at times, a lyricism that seems to foreshadow the youthful works of Schubert. This unique recording draws on the original sources and corrects a number of mistakes encountered in previously published versions.” Meatier stuff for January, we hope. © 2018 Records International



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, October 2018

…I’m pleased to say that Kozeluch remains the same charming, inventive, solidly musical and tasteful (if I can use one of Mozart’s favourite words) composer I judged him back then. The Bohemian composer comes up with a fabulous opening for his F major Symphony, cleverly chosen by Marek Stilec… © 2018 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review





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