Sinfonia – Salieri, J.C. Bach, Arne, Purcell, Albinoni, Pachelbel
Richard Bonynge, Emanuel Hurwitz, Richard Hickox
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828794
Barcode
00028948287949
Format
2-CD
About

Three Decca albums of English and Italian Baroque sinfonias from the analogue era, newly remastered and compiled and featuring several recordings new to CD.

Looking back to a time when Britain really did rule the waves, ‘Sinfonia’ draws on the vibrant and cosmopolitan culture of eighteenth-century London. Not only local composers such as William Boyce, Charles Avison and (naturally) Thomas Arne were featured on the 1966 album of ‘Music in London 1660–1760’ but also the figure of Johann Christian Bach whose brilliant invention and nose for entrepreneurship dominated the city’s music scene in the decade after his father’s death. It is his E major symphony for double orchestra that is the major work on the album, further complemented by excerpts from masques by Locke and Purcell and directed with a fine sense of idiom by Emanuel Hurwitz.

The English Chamber Orchestra returned to the Decca studios for more J.C. Bach on an album released in 1969. They recorded an earlier, more compact symphony and his richly elaborated sinfonia concertante for flute, oboe, violin and cello, both in editions prepared and conducted by Richard Bonynge. Critics raised their eyebrows at some of Bonynge’s interventions but again were united in praise for the ECO’s stylish playing. With his nose for a rarity, Bonynge also included the dashing ‘Veneziana’ symphony by Salieri.

More standard fare was recorded by the young Richard Hickox and his self-founded chamber orchestra in 1976: the Albinoni/Giazotto Adagio, Purcell’s Chaconne and the Canon by Pachelbel without which no self-respecting Baroque compilation would be complete. But they also turned up less-familiar treasure such as a ‘sonata da chiesa’ by Bononcini: all performed with the kind of unobtrusively vivid and unmannered good taste which was the hallmark of English chamber ensembles in the analogue era.

TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

CD 1 
ANTONIO SALIERI
Sinfonia in D major ‘Veneziana’
Concerto in C major for Flute, Oboe & Orchestra                                        

Richard Adeney, flute
James Brown, oboe

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH
Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello

Richard Adeney, flute
Peter Graeme, oboe
Emanuel Hurwitz, violin
Keith Harvey, cello

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH
Symphony in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

English Chamber Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH
Symphony in E major, Op. 18 No. 5*


CD 2
THOMAS ARNE: Overture No. 4 in F major*
WILLIAM  BOYCE:
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major *
Symphony No. 4 in F major*
HENRY PURCELL: Chaconne (from The Fairy Queen) *
CHARLES AVISON Concerto No. 13 in D major*
MATTHEW LOCKE The Tempest – Incidental music*

English Chamber Orchestra
Emanuel Hurwitz

TOMASO ALBINONI/GIAZZOTTO: Adagio in G minor for Strings & Organ
TOMASO ALBINONI: Oboe Concerto, Op. 9 No. 2

Sara Barrington, oboe

JOHANN  PACHELBEL: Canon in D major
GIOVANNI BONONCINI: Sinfonia da chiesa a quattro, Op. 5 No. 1*
HENRY PURCELL: Ciacona in G minor

Richard Hickox Orchestra
Richard Hickox

Track previews
Concerto a 5 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: 3. Allegro
Symphony in E, Op. 18, No. 5 - Edited by Stein: 2. Andante
Symphony No. 4 in F Major, Op. 2: Gavot (Allegro)
The Fairy Queen, Z.629, Act 4: Chaconne
Symphony in E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2: 1. Allegro
Symphony in E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2: 2. Andante con sordini
Symphony in E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2: 3. Tempo di menuetto
Symphony in E, Op. 18, No. 5 - Edited by Stein: 1. (Allegro moderato)
Symphony in E, Op. 18, No. 5 - Edited by Stein: 3. Tempo di menuetto
Symphony No. 4 in F Major, Op. 2: Allegro
Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello: 1. Allegro
Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello: 2. Larghetto
Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello: 3. Allegretto
Sinfonia in D Major, 'Veneziana': 1. Allegro assai
Sinfonia in D Major, 'Veneziana': 2. Andantino grazioso - Presto
Concerto in C for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra: 1. Allegro spiritoso
Concerto in C for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra: 2. Largo
Symphony No. 4 in F Major, Op. 2: Vivace ma non troppo
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major - Transcr. by Lambert: 3. Allegro
Canon in D
Concerto No. 13 in D Major - Arr. by Milner: 2. Allegro
Sinfonia da chiesa a quattro, Op. 5, No. 1: 1. Grave
Sinfonia da chiesa a quattro, Op. 5, No. 1: 2. Allegro
Sinfonia da chiesa a quattro, Op. 5, No. 1: 3. Adagio
Sinfonia da chiesa a quattro, Op. 5, No. 1: 4. Presto
Ciacona in G Minor, Z.730
Concerto No. 13 in D Major - Arr. by Milner: 1. Andante
Concerto No. 13 in D Major - Arr. by Milner: 3. Amoroso
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major - Transcr. by Lambert: 2. Moderato e dolce
Concerto No. 13 in D Major - Arr. by Milner: 4. Allegro
The Tempest, Incidental Music - Arr. by Whittaker: Introduction - Curtain Tune - Martial Jigge
Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ
Concerto a 5 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: 1. Allegro e non presto
Concerto a 5 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: 2. Adagio
Overture No. 4 in F Major - Arr. by Carse & Fiske: Con spirito - Con spirito - Andantino
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major - Transcr. by Lambert: 1. Allegro
Concerto in C for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra: 3. Allegretto
Recording information

Recording Producers: David Harvey (Bonynge: Salieri, J.C. Bach); Erik Smith (Hurwitz); Chris Hazell (Adagio in G minor, Concerto a 5 in D minor, Canon in D major, Sinfonia da chiesa, Ciacona in G minor)
Balance Engineers: James Lock (Bonynge: Salieri); Kenneth Wilkinson (Bonynge: J.C. Bach); Kenneth Wilkinson, Gordon Parry (Hurwitz); Stanley Goodall (Hickox)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 7–8 January 1966 (Hurwitz), 8, 11 & 12 July 1967 (Bonynge: J.C. Bach), 1–2 August 1968 (Bonynge: Salieri); St John’s, Smith Square, London, UK, 14–16 September 1976 (Hickox)
Original Decca Release: SXL 6397 (Bonynge); SDD 147 (Hurwitz); ZRG 866 (Hickox)

Reviews

‘J.C. Bach’s bracing little symphony is the prize of the lot … the work was made for stereo … Performances are warm and sensitive.’ High Fidelity, May 1967 (Hurwitz)

‘These are undeniably attractive performances … and the Decca recording produces clean and lifelike sound.’ Gramophone (Hurwitz)

‘Bonynge’s LP of music by Johann Christian Bach and Antonio Salieri was in the Raymond Leppard mode: modern instruments, but historically aware performance styles. One doesn’t associate this conductor with 18th-century masters, yet this record was another example of his inquisitive tastes and solid scholarship.’ Fanfare (Bonynge)