Georg Anton Benda – Sinfonias – Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Georg Anton Benda – Sinfonias – Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (2016)
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Music in the family: Conductor Christian Benda interprets the music of his Bohemian ancestor Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795). This appealing cross section of the symphonies of Georg Anton Benda, who was highly respected by Mozart, which includes six rarely performed symphonies in three movements. All pieces performed by the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra and conducted by Christian Benda.

Christian Benda has performed worldwide to critical acclaim. He boasts numerous CD and TV recordings of the standard repertoire and an eclectic repertoire ranging from J S Bach’s Musical Offering to twentieth century symphonic works. His recordings with soloists include works by Wagner and R Strauss with Cheryl Studer, Verdi with Simon Estes, Mozart with Barbara Hendricks, and Dvorak, Puccini and Previn with Renée Fleming. Christian Benda conducts melodramas with actors and directors of the Wiener Schauspielhaus, the Volkstheater, the Burgtheater (Vienna) and the Comédie Française (Paris). As a composer, he has created the concept of micro-opera, and his works have been premiered at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Prague Smetana Hall. Invited to many of the European festivals, he works with a host of national orchestras; in particular he serves as the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra.

As part of the Czech National Day celebrations, Václav Havel – former president of the Czech Republic – became Honorary President of the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra during a gala concert at the Czech National House in New York City with Christian Benda as Chief Conductor and Artistic Di rec tor. The Prague Sinfonia embodies the Velvet Revolution’s spiritual, cultural and social renewal through symphonic performance and owes its existence to Václav Havel’s ideas. Its discography includes the complete Schubert overtures in two CDs and all of Rossini’s overtures in four volumes. A recording of the solo repertoire with the violinist Fabrizio von Arx has recently been released on RCA Red Seal, including works by Saraste and Bruch. This recording of Benda’s Sinfonias, as well as an earlier CD of Philidor’s overtures, showcases the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra’s inter pretative approach with the focus on the music of the classical period.

Immer wieder studieren Historiker und Musikwissenschaftler die Geschichte der Musikerfamilie Benda. Ursprünglich aus Böhmen stammend, waren die Brüder Franz, Joseph und Johann Georg Benda allesamt Mitglieder der Potsdamer Hofkapelle Friedrich des Großen. Besonders Johann Georg (1722-1795) wurde als Komponist und Kapellmeister weit über die Grenzen seiner böhmischen Heimat hinaus bekannt und etwa auch von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sehr geschätzt. Er war maßgeblich an der Entwicklung der Gattung des “Melodrams” beteiligt, hat aber auch für die Entwicklung der Sinfonie sehr viel geleistet. Auf dem vorliegenden Album hat ein weiteres Mitglied der Benda-Familie, der Dirigent und Cellist Christian Benda, sechs Sinfonien seines berühmten Vorfahren eingespielt. Die originellen und abwechslungsreichen Werke zeigen sehr schön die Entwicklung der Gattung Sinfonie zwischen Spätbarock und Vorklassik und haben sicherlich auch Komponisten wie Joseph Haydn als Inspiration und Vorlage gedient.

Tracklist:
Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795)
Symphony No. 7 in D Major
1. I. Allegro assai 03:15
2. II. Larghetto 03:58
3. III. Presto 03:02
Symphony No. 2 in G Major
4. I. Allegro 02:06
5. II. Andante 03:00
6. III. Allegro 02:23
Symphony No. 8 in D Major
7. I. Allegro 02:44
8. II. Andante 02:48
9. III. Spirituoso 01:38
Symphony No. 10 in G Major
10. I. Allegro scherzando 02:24
11. II. Andante 00:20
12. III. Allegretto ma moderato 02:06
Symphony No. 5 in G Major
13. I. Allegro 05:20
14. II. Andante molto 03:18
15. III. Tempo di menuetto 02:59
Symphony No. 3 in C Major
16. I. Allegro 02:28
17. II. Andante sempre piano 01:58
18. III. Allegro 01:53

 

Personnel:
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Christian Benda, conductor

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