The Classical Legacy

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RELEASE DATE: 08/11/2019
8 CD

A feast of Haydn and Mozart under the sure and stylish baton of Karl Münchinger, including several recordings making their first international appearance on CD.

This box of Münchinger’s legacy in Classical-era repertoire picks up where the Eloquence set of his Baroque recordings (484 0160) left off, with six symphonies of Haydn. He had founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1946, and Decca began making records with them three years later. The excellence and commercial success of these albums caused the label to invite him to work with orchestras other than his own, in Paris (the Conservatoire Orchestra) and, more prestigiously still, the Vienna Philharmonic.

The first fruits of this new relationship were issued in May 1955: an LP of No.88 and No.101, the ‘Clock’. Reviewers looked to the likes of Furtwangler and Toscanini for comparison respectively, and did not find Münchinger wanting for either grandeur or pathos in this music. The sequels took in Nos 96 and 104 (recorded in May 1957) and Nos. 83 and 100 (from April 1961): superbly open and spacious Sofiensaal recordings engineered in classic Decca sound by John Culshaw and Christopher Raeburn.

By then Münchinger was also recording Mozart for Decca, both with an enlarged cohort of his Stuttgart ensemble and with the Vienna Philharmonic. The repertoire included not only mature symphonies but also concertos (with the Viennese principals Werner Tripp and Alfred Prinz on flute and clarinet respectively), serenades (featuring the inimitably luscious tone of Willi Boskovsky’s violin) and rarities such as the ballet Les Petits Riens, recorded back in Stuttgart.

The set concludes with two discs of concertos: Haydn and Boccherini with the cellist Pierre Fournier, Mozart with both Christian Ferras – including the apocryphal ‘Adelaide’ concerto once championed by Menuhin – and Wilhelm Kempff, in a pairing of the Piano Concertos Nos. 9 and 15 that had critics reaching for superlatives in an era when these works had barely entered the record catalogues.

‘I call attention to Kempff’s exquisite artistry in the variations of the Andante [of Piano Concerto No.15]… One also notes here the extraordinary independent life which the bass line has in Kempff’s performance; left and right hand seem to be two different instruments.’ Gramophone, September 1954

‘Finally an edition appears which expresses entirely what we have been imagining inwardly what the music must truly be… Lovers of Concertos 9 and 15 are warned that a hearing of [the Kempff/Münchinger recording] will infallibly involve the purse.’ High Fidelity, December 1954

CD 1


Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88

Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101 ‘Clock’

Symphony No. 96 in D major, Hob.I:96 ‘Miracle’ *

Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 2

Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob.I:104 ‘London’ °

Symphony No. 83 in G minor, Hob.I:83 ‘La Poule’ *

Symphony No. 100 in G major, Hob.I:100 ‘Military’ *

Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 3 


Symphony No. 31 in D major, KV 297 ‘Paris’ *

Symphony No. 32 in G major, KV 318 (Overture in G major) *

Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385 ‘Haffner’ *

Stuttgart Klassische Philharmonie

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550 °

Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 4

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, KV 319 *

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, KV 299

Werner Tripp, flute

Hubert Jellinek, harp

Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622

Alfred Prinz, clarinet

Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 5

Serenade in D major, KV 250 ‘Haffner’

Willi Boskovsky, violin

Wiener Philharmoniker

Serenade in G major, KV 525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ *

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester

CD 6

Divertimento No. 1 in D major, KV 136 *

Divertimento No. 11 in D major, KV 251 ‘Nannerl-Septett’ *

Les Petits Riens, (Ballet) *

Ein musikalischer Spass, KV 522 *

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester

CD 7


Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2

Pierre Fournier, cello

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 216

attrib. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)

Violin Concerto No. 7 (6) in E flat major, KV 268 / 356b / Anh.C. 14.04

Christian Ferras, violin

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester

CD 8


Cello Concerto in B flat major, G. 482

Arranged by Friedrich Grützmacher (1832–1903)

Pierre Fournier, cello

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, KV 450

Wilhelm Kempff, piano

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester

Members of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


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