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LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Symphony No. 12 in E flat; Symphony No. 13 in E flat; Symphony No. 16 in G; Symphony No. 18 in B flat
PERFORMER: London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert
Catalonia isn’t renowned for its contribution to the Classical symphony, so it comes as something of a surprise to find nearly twenty works of such craftsmanship by Carlos Baguer, organist of Barcelona Cathedral in the late 18th century. In their structure, use of colour and in certain melodic details, these works owe much to Haydn, though Baguer tends to repeat, rather than develop, his material. Matthias Bamert is perhaps better known as a conductor of Romantic and contemporary music, but here he shows himself to be a sympathetic director of the classical repertoire, producing excellent results from the London Mozart Players. These are stylish performances, marred only by a rather heavy-footed Minuet in the Symphony No. 12. Kate Bolton