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RICHTER, F.X.: Grandes Symphonies (1744), Nos. 1-6 (Set 1) (Helsinki Baroque, Hakkinen)

Composer(s):Richter, Franz Xaver
Artist(s) Hakkinen, Aapo, Conductor • Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557818
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The hallmarks of Franz Xaver Richter’s mature style are already evident in the Six Grandes Symphonies published in 1744, several years before he joined the celebrated musical establishment at the Mannheim court. The fast movements possess a driving intensity which owes much of its power to the frequent employment of contrapuntal devices, while the slow movements are rich in expressive harmonies and unexpected melodic twists. These symphonies are the first of a set of twelve, originally published in Paris in two groups of six.


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,April 2006


Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2007

Franz Xaver Richter was already thirty-one before we have any detailed knowledge of his life, the appearance of his name in 1740 as vice-Kapellmeister in Kempton, Allgau, being the first tangible record of his existence, but it is only when he became a member of the court orchestra in Mannheim that we can follow the progress of his career. He was there listed as a second violinist, though we do know that he arrived in Mannheim with a portfolio of compositions including the �Six Grandes Symphonies' included on this disc. From therein he became a highly respected court musician and was to teach several young musicians including Carl Stamitz. His travels took him to England, France and Spain, and slowly he dissociated himself from the faceless virtuosity which he thought was driving



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