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listen  1. Symphony in A minor, Grave a2, "Il delirio delli compositori" (The Delirium of Composers): I. Allegro assai 8:38Album Only
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listen  5. Symphony in D major, Grave D16, "Il combattimento delle passioni umani" (Battle of Human Passions): I. Il Superbo: Andante con maesta 4:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Symphony in D major, Grave D16, "Il combattimento delle passioni umani" (Battle of Human Passions): VI. Il Malinconico: Adagio 3:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Symphony in D major, Grave D16, "Il combattimento delle passioni umani" (Battle of Human Passions): VII. Il Vivace: Allegro assai 8:24Album Only
listen12. Symphony in A major, Grave A10, "Sinfonia nazionale nel gusto di 5 nazioni" (Flavor of 5 Nations): I. Tedesco: Andantino 5:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000AEMN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A casual listener may well wonder at the extravagant titles of the first two of these Symphonies. They sound like pleasant, somewhat less-inspired music of Haydn's era, which they are. The helpful program notes enable us to understand Dittersdorf's parody in the Delirium Symphony of the sturm und drang (storm and stress) style popular at the time. It doesn't take much help to laugh along with some of the style parodies in the Five Nations Symphony though, especially the comically repetitious Italian movement. The Hungarian orchestra under its German conductor (now a resident of New Zealand) plays with polish and zest, and the recorded quality is outstanding. --Leslie Gerber

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2011
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I'm not all that familiar with Haydn's 104 symphonies - I'm keeping them for my old age - so I can't answer for sure the question: why are Haydn's so famous and oft-recorded, and not those of Dittersdorf? Certainly not a matter of quantity, since, according to the liner notes, the latter wrote "well over a hundred" (Dittersdorf's Wikipedia entry states that there were "around 120 of them (...) with solid attribution", with "about another 90 symphonies which may be Dittersdorf's work". Maybe the very indeterminacy of the number provides part of the answer. Unlike Haydn, who more or less remained at the service of Prince Esterhazy for all his life, Dittersdorf held a number of positions and apparently his symphonies were scattered in many places and with various publishers, with many left only in manuscript form.

Haydn was also famous and feted in his time, enough so that he never disappeared from the repertoire, even after his death. Not so with Dittersdorf, although he was also a recognized composer in his days.

Still, if it isn't quantity, is it a problem of quality? Not on the basis of the three symphonies featured here. One very characteristic aspect of those three, more even than their programmatic nature, is their sense of humor and irony. The Symphony titled "The Delirium of Composers, or the Taste of Today" is apparently meant to be a spoof on the Sturm und Drang fad that seized many composers, including Haydn, in the late 1760s and early 1770s; The Symphony on "The Battle of the Human Passions" is in seven movements and depicts in music eight human passions, from pride to vivacity. Finally, each movement of the "National Symphony in the Taste of Five Nations" is an parody in music of the national styles of France, North Germany, Italy, England and Turkey.
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By Sparko on February 13, 2014
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Engaging enough to be worth listening to, but easy enough to let play in the background while working, dining, or relaxing.
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By John on March 21, 2013
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Carl von Dittersdorf ( 1739- 1799 ),was born in Vienna,and given a good early education by his parents. He learnt the violin at an early age, and at the age of 12, became part of the Court Orchestra of the ruling Prince. When this was disbanded, von Dittersdorf met up with Gluck and traveled to Italy with him in 1763. He was unsettled and had many different appointments ( unlike Joseph Haydn ), finally living in Bohemia in retirement for the last 5 years of his life.
In his lifetime his music was very popular, and reflected the more modest world of the Royal Courts, rather than the more aggressive style of revolution as written by other composers. He composed 120 Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber works and four successful Oratorios. The Irish tenor Michael Kelly, who sang the first Don Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, reports that he heard a String Quartet play all afternoon in the house of his friend, Stephen Storace. The first violin was Joseph Haydn, the second violin von Dittersdorf, Mozart played the viola and Vanhal (another popular composer) the cello. Oh to have been there!
In common with Haydn, von Dittersdorf had something that pedantic critics of his day roundly criticised, and that is wit. In this music it is revealed at a subtle musical level by deceptive phrase lengths, rhythmic surprises, unexpected modulations and sudden changes of description. The Orchestra is beautifully conducted by Uee Grodd, expressing the above comments, and at times quite delicately. The sound is excellent, and this CD has a high recommendation.
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