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Carl Friedrich Abel: Six Symphonies

Carl Friedrich Abel , Cantilena Audio CD
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1. Symphony No. 1 In G Major: Allegro
2. Symphony No. 1 In G Major: Andante
3. Symphony No. 1 In G Major: Allegro
4. Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major: Allegro
5. Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major: Andante sempre piano
6. Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major: Allegro assai
7. Symphony No. 3 In D Major: Allegro
8. Symphony No. 3 In D Major: Andante semppre piano
9. Symphony No. 3 In D Major: Presto
10. Symphony No. 4 in F Major: Allegro di molto
11. Symphony No. 4 in F Major: Andante semppre piano
12. Symphony No. 4 in F Major: Tempo di menuetto
13. Symphony No. 5 in C Major: Allegro
14. Symphony No. 5 in C Major: Andantino
15. Symphony No. 5 in C Major: Prestissimo
16. Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Major: Allegro
17. Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Major: Andante
18. Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Major: Presto

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Symphonic works Oct. 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
These symphonies represent what may well be the composing apex of an unjustly neglected composer. Abel appears to have been a student of Johann Sebastian Bach, and years later, when Bach's youngest son, Johann Christian, moved to London, he and Abel shared a house from 1765 to 1781.
Abel was far more respected during his lifetime than the obscurity into which he has since fallen would indicate. These are good works, well worthy of consideration, and this CD will certainly reward its listener.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Symphonic works Oct. 12 2000
By Daniel G. Berk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These symphonies represent what may well be the composing apex of an unjustly neglected composer. Abel appears to have been a student of Johann Sebastian Bach, and years later, when Bach's youngest son, Johann Christian, moved to London, he and Abel shared a house from 1765 to 1781.
Abel was far more respected during his lifetime than the obscurity into which he has since fallen would indicate. These are good works, well worthy of consideration, and this CD will certainly reward its listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance of Early symphonies March 24 2005
By R. Rockwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Abel was one of the invetors of the symphonic form. When we look back on his accomplishments we have centuries of syphonies with which to compare Abel. His symphonies are short at under ten minutes each, but they are packed full of inventiveness. Each movement is creative and full of energy. The performance by Cantilena cannot be beat. I would never have heard of Abel had in not been for Clssical net's recommendation. Thanks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection March 2 2014
By Tom Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have wanted a set of Abel's symphonies for years. When I saw this on Amazon, at a very reasonable price, I bought it. As usual, Amazon had it to me in two days with my Prime. It's a nice set of music.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abel Was Able Dec 6 2013
By J.C. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I will say that Cantilena delivers a 5-star performance. They play this music with great passion and precision. The recording quality is good. The length of this CD is 59:22 so each symphony averages out to a bit less than 10 minutes. These symphonies were recorded digitally in the Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow, Scotland in August 1987. Cantilena was a chamber orchestra using modern instruments

The informative liner notes mention that these very early symphonies are "important as a necessary background to the later symphonic developments of Haydn and Mozart." In fact, the sixth symphony here was for some time considered to be Mozart's 18th but further research demonstrated that Mozart copied it, when he was a boy visiting Abel's house, in order to study symphonic form.

The bottom line is that the liner notes comment that very few would claim these symphonies are masterpieces. They are brief pieces which are pleasant to listen to, but are fairly easily forgotten due to their simple nature.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Walker Nov. 24 2012
By Joseph C. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not been listening to classical music very long but the quality of this recording is high.

I heard this music on Bach Hometown Radio in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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