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Symphony, Part 01

In the beginning, there were Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, or so we thought.  That is, until we uncovered a whole world of instrumental music so varied, so wonderful and so woefully unknown, we decided to take our time in that glorious realm of the symphony.  Starting with a Sinfonia by Biaggio Marini from 1618, we slowly make out way through the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century and finish at the brink of the Romantic era with the Second Symphony by Beethoven.

Program 1

Bill begins by examining the early origins of the symphonic form, as perfected by eighteenth century masters Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Beginning in 1618 with various "sinfonias" composed by Biagio Marini. He makes comparisons with Haydn's standard four-movement configuration, which had long done away with 17th century "continuo" bassline progressions present in Marini's pieces. 

Many of these 17th century Italian pieces titled "sinfonia," differ from their 18th century counterparts in their use of a soloist backed by an orchestra, or—in the case of the popular "concerto grosso"—a group of soloists in dialogue with a small orchestra.

Pieces such as a striking tone poem by Antonio Vivaldi, and a countertenor oratorio by George Frideric Handel, provide further examples of the varying forms that early "sinfonias" would take.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, III (excerpt)
Lon 414192

Marini: Sinfonias: La Orlandina, La Gardana, & La Ponte
Convivium: Wallfisch, v.; Tunnicliffe, vc. & th.; Nicholson, org. & hps.
Hyperion 66985

Stradella: Sinfonia No. 22
Hyperion 66985

A. Scarlatti: Sinfonia Avanti La Serenata ‘Clori, Dorino E Amore’
Europa Galante/Biondi
Virgin 45495

Bononcini: Sinfonia Decima à 7 for Two Trumpets and Strings, Op. 3
Philharmonia Orch/Warren-Green; Wallace & Miller, tpts.
Nimbus 5017

Vivaldi: Sinfonia in b minor, Al Santo Sepolcro
Leipzig Radio Chamber Orchestra/Kegel
Ars Vivendi 2100141

Handel: Sinfonia, “Frondi Tenere” & “Ombra mai fu” fr. Serses
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin; Scholl, cten.
HM 901685

D. Scarlatti: Sinfonia in G Major & Sinfonia in A Major
Europa Galante/Biondi
Virgin 45495

Program 2

Pisendel: Sinfonia in B-flat Major
Virtuosi Saxoniae/Guttler
Capriccio 10224
:36, 10:42

Fasch: Sinfonia in G Major
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/Paillard
RCA 5468

Telemann: Symphony in D Major, TV Ahn 50, No. 1
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel
Archiv 471492

Sammartini: Symphony in D Major
Ensemble 415/Banchini
HM 901245

Zelenka: Sinfonia concertante à 8 in a minor, I, II & III
Freiburger Baroque/Goltz
RCA 77339

Program 3

Solnitz: Sinfonia in A Major, Op. 3 No. 4, I
Musica ad Rhenum
NM Classics 92037

Boyce: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
Oiseau 436761

W. F. Bach: Sinfonia in d minor, F. 65: Adagio & Fugue
Sony 62720

Fredrick the Great: Symphony in G Major
C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra/Haenchen
Cap 10064

Mondonville: Sonata in b minor, Op. 3 No. 1
The Musicians of the Louvre/Minkowski
Archiv 474550

Mondonville: Amoroso & Gigue fr. Sonata Op. 3 No.6
The Musicians of the Louvre/ Minkowski
Archiv 474550

Program 4

J.S. Bach: Mass in b minor, BWV 232 (excerpt)
Lon 430353

C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in A Major, Wq. 182, No. 4, I
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
Oiseau 417124

Stamitz: Symphony in G Major
Ostrava Janácek Chamber Orch/Dejmek
Panton 811201-2

Haydn: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Le Soir
English Concert/Pinnock
Archiv 423098
:15, :56, 21:35

J.C. Bach: Symphony in D, II
Hanover Band/Halstead
cpo 9994882

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, Jupiter, II
RCA 61397

Program 5

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, London, I & IV + III
London Phil/Solti
Lon 475551
15:21, 3:50

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Lon 430320


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