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Sturm und Drang Symphonies by Vanhal
The composer Vanhal was a contemporary of Haydn and his symphonies stand comparison with ones by Haydn written in the same period. Four out of the five symphonies on this disc are minor key symphonies dating from the 1770s and have many similarities with Haydn’s Sturm und Drang symphonies of the same decade.
Like Haydn’s they feature driving rhythms, angular and unpredictable themes, whooping and braying horns, and slow movements with much pathos. Apart from the similarities of musical rhetoric, of course, not a bar of this symphonies could be mistaken for Haydn, but these symphonies are of similar quality to his early symphonies and deserve to be heard by lovers of music of the classic period.more....
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