Compiled by our Classical Music desk.
The classical period is a source of endless fun. Who doesn’t like to listen to Mozart and Haydn? However, their eternal fame let to the fact that music by their contemporaries isn’t played that often.
In this episode, composers like Carl Stamitz, Luigi Boccherini and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach are at centre stage. Their music also offers what you’d expect from a classical composer: smooth, seemingly simple themes, so very ingeniously incorporated in compositions with an indestructible architecture. A lot of this repertoire has been put on CD in the last few decades.
1. Friedrich Benda, Sonata in F major. Viola de Hoog (cello), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord)
2. Carl Stamitz, Trio sonata in G minor, Opus 14/4. Marten Root (flute), Natsumi Wakamatsu (violin), Viola de Hoog (cello), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord)
3. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Sonata in C major. Natsumi Wakamatsu (violin), Viola de Hoog (cello), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord)
4. Giovanni Battista Gambaro, Quarter no. 1. Quatuor Odam: Morgane Eouzan (flute), Emily Worthingron (clarinet), Gilbert Cami Farras (horn), François Viault (bassoon)
5. Eugène Walckiers, Quartet Opus 73. Quatuor Odam.
6. Carl Stamitz, Clarinet Quartet Opus 8/2. Quatuor Odam.
7. Ludwig van Beethoven, Variations on “La ci darem la mano”. Van Swieten Society: Frank van den Brink (clarinet), Heleen Hulst (violin), Bernadette Verhagen (viola), Job ter Haar (cello)
8. Luigi Boccherini, String trio in C minor Opus 14/2. Van Swieten Society
9. Carl Stamitz, Clarinet Quintet Opus 8/4. Van Swieten Society
10. Franz Schubert, String trio D 941. Van Swieten Society