JC Bach: Six Sinfonias, Op. 18

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LABELS: Decca Serenata
WORKS: Six Sinfonias, Op. 18
PERFORMER: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Karl Munchinger
CATALOGUE NO: 433 730-2 ADD (1974/76)
JC Bach’s Op. 18 symphonies contain music which, through its blend of Italian and German styles, is full of grace and elegance. Munchinger draws strong, stylish playing from his orchestra, and they are particularly successful in the symphonies for double orchestra. There is, however, a seriousness of mood which tends to detract from the music’s natural charm. The ambience is generally warm and responsive. Nicholas Rast