Dittersdorf: Symphonies After Ovid's Metamorphoses

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555429-2
Format: COMPACT DISC

Scaglione, Case; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn; Geyer, Karin; Evers, Jürgen

The Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid were not always merely the nightmare of classical philology students. On the contrary: the great work on the transformations of figures of ancient mythology by scornful, amorous, or grateful gods has been handed down to us in innumerable paintings, stories, theatre pieces, and operas. The symphonies written by Joseph Haydn's colleague and friend Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf in the 1780s occupy a special place among the purely instrumental reflections of these events. Anything but programmatic in the Romantic sense, they play with sophisticated associations that can only be discovered by those who listen attentively and can supplement the allusions with their own imagination – a rewarding endeavor, especially when sparks fly out of the classical symmetry of the gods as they do here.

Price: $55.98