Naxos-delicacies are often found by the wayside in ‘undiscovered composer territory’. And even if Carl Stamitz (1745-1801) and Johann Baptist Vaňhal (1739 - 1813) are not completely unknown, you could probably not get two sides for a football-team in your town with classical music lovers that have heard either Stamitz’ Orchestral Quartets or Vaňhal’s Violin Concertos. Two Naxos discs might be about to change that.
C. Stamitz, Orchestral Quartets, NZSO ChO, Armstrong
(released November 21st, 2006)
J.B. Vaňhal, Violin Concertos Vol.1, Nishizaki, Cologne ChO, Müller-Brühl
(released October 31st, 2006)
Deliberate and unstoppable, pleasant (pleasant enough to have been picked by Mozart to play, as is the case with the B-flat concerto) and sometimes a little more than that, played with consummate skill (if not exactly burning fire) by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, they are excellent light fare to intersperse into the Haydn/Mozart diet of the ‘classically inclined’.