Anton Zimmermann: Symphonies (CD)

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L'arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt

On its new CD, the orchestra l’arte del mondo, conducted by Werner Ehrhardt, presents three world premiere recordings of works by Silesian composer Anton Zimmermann (1741–1781). Not much is known about the composer’s short life of barely 40 years. But it is clear that Zimmermann lived in Bratislava at the beginning of the 1770s and became a key figure in the blossoming of cultural life. For example, he founded and organized the court orchestra of the Prince Primate of Hungary, Joseph von Batthyányi. His orchestra quickly developed into one of the best ensembles in the entire Danube region. Zimmermann composed a large number of works for regularly held concerts. In addition to sonatas, concertos and stage works, his impressive compositional oeuvre also includes some 40 symphonies. Produced with the support of Bayer Kultur and in co-production with the WDR, this recording features the E minor, B-flat major and C minor symphonies, which are well worth discovering and reveal music full of musical brilliance, extraordinary variety and unique richness of ideas.

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Zimmermann, A:

Sinfonia in C major
Symphony in B flat
Symphony in E minor