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WOLF, E.W.: 4 Symphonies

Composer(s):Wolf, Ernst Wilhelm
Artist(s) Pasquet, Nicolas, Conductor • Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Weimar
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557132
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Peter Branscombe,Early Music America,December 2005

Ernst Wilhelm Wolf (1735-1792) is yet another comparatively unknown symphonist brought to attention by Naxos in their important progress through the back woods of the early Classical period. The four symphonies chosen here (from a sizable output) are certainly ear-catching, if more seldom mind-swaying. The E-flat piece, which comes first, produces fascinating sonorities from a sizeable wind group; the one in F is marked by haunting slow passages within a basic allegro; along among the four, the symphony in C major contains a minuet movement. These are keenly shaped performances under Nicholas Pasquet, with well balanced and expressive playing from the Weimer musicians (Wolf was Kapellmeister there from 1772, and obviously had talented players to work with). These cleanly recorded,



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