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PLEYEL, I.: Symphonies Concertantes / Violin Concerto in D major (Perry, V. Chiang, Lippi, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Thakar)

Composer(s):Pleyel, Ignaz Joseph
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570320
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Pleyel’s symphonies concertantes are characteristic expressions of his idiosyncratic style. They are expansive, leisurely-paced works, texturally transparent in their solo sections and rich in melodic invention. Always sensitive to instrumental colour, Pleyel uses his unusual forces to weave a scintillating web of sound in these remarkable works. The original and virtually unknown version of the Violin Concerto in D, composed in the early 1780s, is one of the earliest of Pleyel’s solo concertos but no less attractive and assured than its successors. This recording includes the original first and second movements together with a new finale composed by Pleyel several years later.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,May 2009

When I was listening to Ignaz Pleyel’s two delightful Symphonies Concertantes and the Violin Concerto in D on a new Naxos release, I was reminded of Albert Einstein’s remark that “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” The first thing that came to mind was Mozart’s glorious Sinfonias Concertantes. Why not be influenced by the very best? If you have room for some charm, here it is in Mozartian fashion.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2009

During my years as music director of a so-called “good music” station in Montreal, I was constantly on the lookout for recordings that while not of the hit-parade variety (Liszt’s 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, et sim ad nauseam) still qualified as good classical fare, easily accesible and enjoyable by even novice listeners. Works of the ’Haydn-lite’ variety such as these concertos by Pleyel were then worth their weight in gold. Even if tastes become jaded over time, there is enough melody, drama, humour and even excitement in them—qualities of which the performers in this case take full advantage—the whole recorded in excellent audio, and at just under 80 minutes, an outstanding value!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Ignaz Pleyel’s life was a success story whether as a composer, conductor, piano manufacture or the proprietor of the most flourishing music publishing house of his time. As a composer he enjoyed more success than Haydn, who lived at much the same time, largely from his ability to promote his output though a chain of distribution outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. History would see that he was stylistically dated even when his music was being composed. To sample his uncomplicated character, turn to track 5, the jog-trot finale to the Symphonie Concertante in A major, and you will find early Haydn as the inspiration. In this genre he composed for a mixed selection of solo instruments—often offering alternatives—here played as a charming double



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