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RICHTER, F.X.: Grandes Symphonies (1744), Nos. 7-12 (Set 2) (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 8.570597
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


The hallmarks of Franz Xaver Richter’s mature style are already evident in the Six Grandes Symphonies (Sets 1 and 2) 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 second of a set of twelve, originally published in Paris in two groups of six. The first set of six is available on Naxos 8.557818.


Review By Dr Jürgen Schaarwächter,,September 2009



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

Richter is one of the Mannheim School of early classical mainstays, associated with names such as Fiala, Krommer-Kramar, Masek, and Zelenka, to name just a few. These were all serious, able composers, whose works paved the way to the flowering of the classical era. The Helsinki musicians play stylishly and with verve and enjoy excellent acoustical quality. At just under 80 minutes, this CD is a real find.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2009

What did Franz Xaver Richter do in the first thirty-one years of his life? The earliest record of his name came in 1740 as vice-Kapellmeister in Kempton, Allgau, the two books of ‘Six Grandes Symphonies’ being published four years later in Paris. They show a highly trained musician who was acutely aware of rich harmonic progressions and symphonic form. If he was not in the vanguard of modernity, he had developed a style that he would pass down and use two decades later in Haydn’s early symphonies. In fact you could prefer Richter to Haydn at that time. In his later life he became a reactionary against indulgent virtuosity, though his scores are far from easy to play. Certainly he was a person who could use very little thematic material



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