Johann Stamitz was the father of Carl Stamitz, played an important part in the development of the symphony in the mid-1700s, and sadly died before his 40th birthday. This disc showcases the Academy of Ancient Music in better if not best form in a program of three symphonies and a clarinet concerto by Stamitz. The compositions aren't at the level of Haydn and Mozart, but they are distinctive in their way and in my estimation rise above the great mass of other lesser composers of the Eighteenth Century. The thin period sound of the ensemble, however, may put off some. If I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars.