Die Kölner Akademie & Michael Alexander Willens - Abel: Symphonies, Op. 1 & 4 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 431 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 36 | Time: 88:58 min
The two great musical dynasties of central Germany, the Bachs and the Abels, were closely entwined. Carl Friedrich Abel, the greatest of his clan, was a pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig and the friend and business partner of Bachs youngest son, Johann Christian in London. Abels output of symphonies comprises over forty works, most of which were published in sets of six, the standard number for publications of sonatas, chamber works and concertos in the eighteenth century. A concert in his time would have a range of compositions by several composers and it is more likely that only one symphony would be played in a single evening.