Leopold Kozeluch symphonies continues apace with volume 3

Bohemian composer Leopold Kozeluch wrote about thirty symphonies. Even though this is volume three, there’s still quite a ways to go.

The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice continue their traversal with Mark Stilec, the conductor. The ensemble performs with lightness and energy, enhancing the classic elegance of Kozeluch’s music.

In general, I’d characterize these works as comparable to mid-career Mozart. They’re all relatively modest in scope. And yet their musical themes are all logically developed and reach satisfying conclusions.

The most interesting of the four works is the Sinfonia in B-flat major, “L’Irrésolu.” (The Undecided). This symphony features bold, dramatic contrasts in dynamics and mood — almost as if the composer couldn’t decide on a direction for the piece to take.

Overall a fine addition to this series. Kozeluch may not have been Mozart’s equal, but he was certainly close in talent and imagination.

Leopold Kozeluch: Symphonies, Vol. 3
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice; Filip Dvorak, harpsichord; Marek Stilec, conductor
Naxos 8.574047

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