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MARSH: Symphonies Nos. 2, 6, 7, 8 / Conversation Symphony for 2 Orchestras

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The popular Contemporaries of Mozart series with Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players is one of Chandos's longest-running projects with over 20 recordings in the catalogue. It is much praised for its high standards of musicianship and recording, as well as introducing a wealth of undeservedly neglected music to the market with several discs being selected Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'.

This latest instalment features the music of John Marsh, one of the most prolific composers in eighteenth century England, yet today sadly ignored. \...Marsh's symphonies have such charm that their neglect seems inexcusable" writes Richard Gorer in 'Grove Music'. His oeuvre spans nearly all the genres of the period and at a conservative estimate his compositions number well over 350, including 39 symphonies. This fruitful output is all the more remarkable since he was not trained as a professional musician but as a lawyer. He was also a gentleman of varied interests including campanology and astronomy, and his thirty-seven volumes of journals (now published) are among the most valuable sources of information on life and music in Eighteenth-Century England.

Marsh organised much of the music-making in the cities of Southern England where he lived, particularly the cities of Salisbury (where he met personalities such as Carl Stamitz and the violinist Wilhelm Cramer) and Chichester where he took charge of the subscription concerts virtually continuously for some forty years. The symphonies performed here represent the varied styles that Marsh utilised in writing for the musicians in the cities where he worked, revealing a composer well-versed in the requirements of the mixed professional and amateur provincial orchestras he encountered. It whilst in Salisbury that Marsh composed four of his nine published symphonies, now known as the 'Salisbury Symphonies.' Recorded here are symphonies No.8, 2 and 'A Conversation Symphony' for Two Orchestras. Symphonies No.8 and 2 receive their premiere recording with this release. These works show a clear influence of Abel and J.C Bach with a keen awareness of orchestral colour, chiefly in 'A Conversation Symphony' which rather than use two orchestras separates one orchestra into two parts so as to pit high instruments against low. Taken from the collection known as the 'Chichester Symphonies' are Symphonies No.7 and 6; of which No.7 is also a premiere recording. Marsh was one of the first musicians in England to appreciate Haydn's stature, and his finest surviving symphony, 'A Favourite Symphony', No.6 in D major, pays particular homage in a four-movement work scored for full Classical orchestra including trumpets and timpani.
,br>Characterised by their strong melodic appeal and artful scoring for wind and brass, these works compare favourably with many of his more 'professional' continental contemporaries and this recording is sure to increase interest in Marsh's music.

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Item number CHAN 10458
Barcode 095115145821
Release date 01/01/2008
Label Chandos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Composers Marsh, John
Conductors Bamert, Matthias
Orchestras London Mozart Players
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 8 in G major
1 I. Largo maestoso - Allegro spirituoso
2 II. Andante
3 III. Minuetto and Trio: Allegro
4 IV. Allegro scherzando
5 I. Allegro maestoso
6 II. Andante
7 III. Allegretto
8 I. Allegro
9 II. Largo
10 III. Allegro spirituoso
11 I. The Hunter's Call in the Morning and gradually
12 II. Setting out from Home (trotting and occasional
13 III. Chasse: Allegro
14 I. Allegro
15 II. Andante
16 III. Allegro
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