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A great album, but who composed what?Dec 8 2012
Michael A. Abelson
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A beautiful, well-performed album containing several very important works and one pleasant surprise. The surprise is the Symphony in C Minor by Mahaut. It is very old-fashioned compared to the Kraus and Reicha works, but very enjoyable.
The masterpieces are the Kraus C Minor symphony (one of the great works of the 18th century) and the Vanhal G minor. They are extremely well done here.
But I need to give Amazon a wake-up call: Folks, the people who buy music like this want to know who wrote what!! It took me a good bit of time to discover that it was Dittersdorf who wrote "The Four Ages of Man" and not Gossec or Mahaut. And the "Grand Overture in E" is really a symphony for double orchestra by Johann Christian Bach. The actual mp3 files are likewise lacking in vital information, even in the tags.
Almost all of the classical listings on Amazon are deficient in this regard. The featured artists list composers, performers, conductors and ensembles in no hierarchy and without regard to who does what. Whoever is responsible for writing the copy simply does not know what is relevant to people who love serious music. You need to replace him/her with someone who does.