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The Unfortunate Loss Salieri's Legacy

The neglect of Antonio Salieri's musical legacy is a loss to all music lovers. From the music that survives, we have a glimpse of a gifted musician, composer, and teacher. In fact, it is not surprising that Salieri trained Mozart's son, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, and other notable composers of his time. Most musicologists see the evidence for a rivalry between Salieri and Mozart as thin. In fact, we know from various accounts that Salieri applauded Mozart's work and promoted it in his own performances. Unfortunately, we have fallen victim to rumors perpetuated and finally dramatized in a movie about this so-called rivalry. Public opinion even suspects Salieri of Mozart’s murder. A little research can solve that problem. Could Salieri's success, however, have been his undoing? For example, could Salieri's success in the patronage system have constrained him to write music that was waning in its appeal? Maybe. Then again, it could have been his own rigidity. Mozart broke away from the patronage system and gained freedom to experiment. This gave Mozart a depth that Salieri never had (as far as we know). Just the same, Salieri was wildly successful in his time, and that is why we still remember him today. He deserves our respect. I do not want to become a Salieri apologist. His music sometimes lacks the genius we can almost take for granted in Mozart’s music. Nonetheless, I think the orchestra’s performances on this album lacked the grace and elegance of the Classical era. As I listened to this collection, what struck me was a lack of ensemble. The performances seemed perfunctory, and I wondered if the musicians were paying attention to one another let alone the music. Furthermore, I failed to detect the dynamics and other subtleties of the Classical period. By the way, am I the only one who thinks the orchestra might have had intonation problems? Perhaps this is an indictment on my own musicianship. Better, more informed musicians can either validate or set aside my concerns. I know nothing about the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra or the conditions under which they performed. I think, however, that their interpretation or lack of it could explain some of the difficulty I had with this anthology. I hope more recordings of Salieri's music will become available while I'm alive. We have much to discover about this master. As we have with other composers (for example, Bach and Mozart), we may one day realize that we have overlooked a treasure. Bill Graham

Fiercly Beautiful Music from an Incredible Composer

Antonio Salieri was an incredible composer whose genius was only partially recognized in his time and has become hidden in our own. The Slovak Orchestra evokes his fiery music with passion, showing the delicacy of the music as well as the full orchestral thunder. Experience the genius of a Maestro who is steadily remerging (i.e. Cecilia Bartoli, Slovak Orchestra, etc.) in his own light as the genius he truly is.

Salieri: Overtures

The Slovak Radio Orchsetra does what it can for this collection of overtures by Mozart's chief rival, Salieri, but the pieces all sound like Mozart without the genius. This is "classical era" clockwork--dramatic gestures, "noble" fanfares, much Sturm and Drang, but little really good music. To think Salieri was considered a giant in his era? Alas for Mozart!

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