Sinfonia Concertante for Diverse Instruments

Have a look at this interesting new recording:

Sinfonia Concertante: Performed by Kammerorchester Basel. It features the following selections:

Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for violin, viola, violoncello and orchestra

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Sinfonia concertante in F major, Ben. 113

Performed by the Kammerorchester Basel, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli conducting (He is the nephew of famous Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli).

There was hardly a music form more popular at the height of the Classical period than the Sinfonia Concertante. An entirely new concert experience resulted from a combination of a straightforward orchestral setting and brilliant playing by soloists as well as blending elements of the symphony, solo concerto and divertimento.

Composers did not score works for individual soloists only, but also created a symphonic genre with as many as nine solo instruments.

Under the baton of Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, the Kammerorchester Basel has recorded three of the most interesting and varied works of this genre.

The Sinfonia Concertante in F major by the Haydn pupil and Strasbourg cathedral Kapellmeister Ignaz Josef Pleyel (1757–1831) is impressive not only due to the number of solo instruments but also because of its wonderfully refined orchestral accompaniment.

The Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major by Mannheim court composer Ignaz Holzbauer (1711–1783) is recorded by a first-rate orchestra here for the first time.

A further highlight is the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K 297b, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) as reconstructed by Robert Levin.

Here is the Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, basson, Clarinet, and horn by Mozart:

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