Zelenka: Complete Orchestral Works / Sonnentheil, Et Al

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We badly need a complete set of Zelenka's orchestra works, as Arkiv's edition has long vanished into the remainder bins, and this one (previously issued as three separate CDs) fits the bill nicely. Although the players use "authentic instruments", their sound is comparatively warm and gentle, though this doesn't mean that they don't handle with aplomb the insanely virtuosic horn parts in the Capriccios, or the bubbling wind writing in the Concerto. The inclusion of the overture from Melodrama de S. Wenceslao makes an interesting bonus, with its fascinating opposition of simultaneous duple and triple rhythms. If you haven't heard this music, let's just say that Zelenka wrote some of the most enjoyable and colorful music of the Baroque era, and he is supremely well served by CPO's engineers, conductor Sonnentheil, and his New-Eröffnete Orchestre.--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 01, 2002


  • Catalog Number: 999897-2


  • UPC: 761203989720


  • Label: CPO


  • Number of Discs: 3


  • Composer: Jan Dismas Zelenka


  • Conductor: Jürgen Sonnentheil


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestra