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WITT, F.: Symphony in C major, "Jena" / Flute Concerto in G major / Symphony in A major (P. Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla)

Composer(s):Witt, Friedrich
Artist(s) Gallois, Patrick, Conductor • Gallois, Patrick, flute • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572089
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Once attributed to the young Beethoven, the German composer and cellist Friedrich Witt’s Symphony in C Major is a splendid example of symphonic writing from a time when this form was achieving both prestige and popularity with a growing music-loving public. His delightful Symphony in A Major, with its deftly-written opera buffa finale, and sparkling Flute Concerto likewise show the skills of a masterful composer whose career spanned the climax of the Classical and the birth of the Romantic eras. For Naxos, renowned flautist and conductor Patrick Gallois has also recorded C.P.E. Bach’s complete Flute Concertos (8.555715–16), Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 1–5 (8.557571) and Gounod’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (8.557463), among other works.



Review By Luca Rossetto Casel,Musica,December 2011


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2010

It sounded so very familiar, every note of the "Jena" Symphony an old friend! In the early days of LP, much was made of such music, and for many years I went about never questioning the authenticity of the work as an early Beethoven "Without Opus" one. Modern musicology found the right attribution, along with another witty (no pun intended) symphony, with an equally delightful, sprightly and original minuet movement. As for the Flute Concerto - surely something better could have been dug up? One lovely Andante cantabile does not suffice to make this concerto an interesting work. Gallois does very well as a conductor, but this concerto does little to focus on his brilliant flute-playing.


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