Cabinetmusik for Carl Theodore = Quartets, Quintets, and Sonatas by Toeschi, Richter, Cannabich, Wendling, Holzbauer – Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik – Coviello Classics

by | Jun 10, 2007 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

Cabinetmusik for Carl Theodore = Quartets, Quintets, and Sonatas by Toeschi, Richter, Cannabich, Wendling, Holzbauer – Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik – Coviello Classics Multichannel SACD COV 20608 [Distr. by Forte], 74:24 ***:

Mannheim became a seat of unprecedented musical activity after the Electoral Prince Carl Theodore (1724-1799) gained the throne. Under him, the city forged a place for itself in the annals of music history, and the city attracted musicians from all over, hoping to take advantage of the generous benefits and living conditions that the Prince afforded.  Every composer on this album has some connection with the Prince and the Mannheim story.

But I am not entirely convinced as to the worth of this music. Though I am familiar with other music by all of these composers, some of these offerings seem pedantic and dreary; not at all the sparking little fireworks one would hope would be an example of this school and place. There are many and varied forms here, some designed for more public discourse than others, more obviously meant for intimate chamber settings.

The musicians are all very fine, and provide committed readings of great élan, though the music itself lets them down. The SACD sound is very nicely balanced, clean and clear, and easy to listen to. You may feel differently about the music and respond much more positively than me. I can definitely say that I would not buy this, having first heard the music, but if you feel differently about these composers, this CD offers great sound and playing.

— Steven Ritter

 

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