Leopold Mozart: Four Symphonies
Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) was a fine musician and composer, widely admired and only forgotten because of his even more brilliant son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He wrote approximately 70 symphonies of his own, some of which have been lost, and they apparently made a great impression on his son. In Wolfgangs earliest symphonies, written in his childhood, strong influences of his father are recognizable. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra Vilnius was founded 30 years ago. Their collaboration with conductor Georg Mais began in 1994 with numerous concerts in Lithuania and central Europe.
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And that's just what this CD provides. It's perfect if you want involving musical textures, but not intellectual depths. The music courses along easily, with ear-pleasing developments. This isn't music of a major rediscovery, and it sounds like early Wolfgang but with more zest (or vice versa: early Wolfgang sounds like Leopold). Either way, it makes for very enjoyable listening if you want music to read with.
Georg Mais and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra play the music cleanly, though the harpsichord and the slightly boxy sound give the music a hint flavor of rusticity. The music gets its proper Classical proportions. Buy this CD if you are interested in Classical-era music in general, if you like Mozart history, and if you just want some easy listening. It's an affordable buy, as well.