Contemporaries of Mozart - Salieri: Symphonies / Bamert, London Mozart Players
The remaining works consist of opera overtures and symphonies created from them, in the purest pre-Rossini Italian tradition. Zesty rhythms, lively tunes, and daring wind writing make these pieces a joy from first note to last. The Sinfonia "Il giorno onomastico" and the overtures to Falstaff and Angiolina offer particularly enticing melodies set amid bold splashes of orchestral color. As noted, Matthias Bamert and his London Mozart players do the music proud, though Chandos' recording does not quite solve the problem of recording a small orchestra up close in an overly ample acoustic. Great fun.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: CHAN 9877
Composer: Antonio Salieri
Conductor: Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Mozart Players