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CHAN 10504 - Vogler: Symphonies, Overtures and Ballets
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Available From: 01 April 2009
Vogler: Symphonies, Overtures and Ballets

"The celebrated Contemporaries of Mozart series continues apace with the compositions of German composer George Joseph Vogler.   The London Mozart Players which celebrates their 60th anniversary in 2009 perform under the direction of Matthias Bamert.     

Also known as Abbé Vogler, Vogler was idealized in Robert Browning’s poem ‘Abt Vogler’, with its subtitle ‘After he has been extemporizing upon the musical instrument of his invention.’  In his own day, Vogler was indeed famous for his improvisations.  He was also a celebrated teacher, whose pupils included Weber and Meyerbeer; but he seems to have had little renown as a composer, that is, until now.

Vogler was born near Würzburg in 1749, the son of a violinist and instrument maker.  After studying at Würzburg University, he moved to Bamberg for three years of religious instruction: hence the references to Abbé.  In the early 1770s he was appointed almoner, then chaplain, to the court at Mannheim.  By 1775 he was appointed the vice-Kapellmeister.  Mannheim was the home of a flourishing musical establishment, and the court orchestra had an international reputation: Vogler’s colleagues included Christian Cannabich.  He would later hold the position of court music director at Stockholm (1786-89) and at Darmstadt (1807-14).  

The scope of Vogler’s musical accomplishment, encompassing sacred vocal works, operas, instrumental ensemble pieces and solo keyboard music, challenges generalization.  The surviving symphonies and concertos by Vogler reveal polished craftsmanship and a flair for orchestral colour.  He was fond of highlighting wind instruments, and the use of two pairs of horns in complementary keys is a trademark.  All the works which here receive their first recording reflect this approach.    

Although relatively few of Vogler’s works achieved wide public recognition, various works were performed in concerts well into the 19th century, and Robert Schumann praised Vogler’s music as late as 1838."

Reviews

Bamert and the orchestra do a terrific job, committed and vivacious …”

Jens F Laurson                              

 

Fanfare - November/December 2009

“Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players perform all these pieces with their customary care and polish…”
 

BBC Music Magazine - October 2009

“Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players are splendid, as usual. The Chandos recording is rich and full, and the notes are detailed.”

American Record Guide - September/October 2009

“The London Mozart Players grant Vogler the honour of a robust but well balanced sound complimented by clear textures and well defined contrasts.”
Lindsay Kemp

Gramophone - September 2009

"These are slight but enjoyable pieces that shed further light on an odd, eccentric man who well deserves this excellent disc."
John Warrack

International Record Review - May 2009

 

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