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Kalliwoda: Overtures-No 3, Op 55

Magazine article Gramophone

Kalliwoda: Overtures-No 3, Op 55

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Overtures--No 3, Op 55; No 7, Op 101; No 10, Op 142. Violin Concertinos (a)--No 1, Op 15; No 5, Op 133

(a) Ariadne Daskalakis; Cologne Academy / Michael Alexander Widens

CPO (F) CP0777 692-2 (58' * DDD)

Kalliwoda makes infrequent appearances on disc. I cannot find any mention in the Gramophone archives of these three overtures and two concertinos, but doubtless they have been recorded previously. If not, they should have been. Kalliwoda, while not scaling the heights, is rather good on his own terms, terms which were noted first in 1826 when his Symphony No 1 was premiered in Leipzig. The 2 5-year-old composer was praised for not 'trying to be something he is not' (ie Beethoven) but for 'pursuing his own path simply and properly'.

The overtures here are just three of the 24 Kalliwoda produced between 1818 and 1864. None has an extramusical subject, designed merely to provide an attention-grabbing opening to a concert. This they achieve admirably. No 3 in C major (1835), with its glimpses of Weber's influence, lasts a mere 4'31"; longer (and highly praised by Schumann), No 7 in C minor (1838), like No 10 in F minor (1842), has more than a hint of Mendelssohn about it. …

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