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Conti, Krumpholz & Zumsteeg Concertos

Late 18.C Concertos from the Lancut Castle

Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz Op. 9 No 6 VI Concerto for harp
Concerto for violin E flat major
Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg Concerto for cello A major

Joanna Supranowicz, harp
Tomasz Strahl, cello
Robert Naciszewski, violin / concert-master
Orest Tetwach, concert-master
The Rzeszów Chamber Orchestra/ Grzegorz Oliwa

An interesting rarity resulting from research of 1,500 manuscripts from a complete collection of consderable historical interest. None of the composers is a recognised master, but all are worth hearing and these are adequate performances, decently recorded but not, of course, quite up to today's European and American baroque orchestra standards.

Krumpholz was the leading harp virtuoso of his time, who also contributed to perfecting the harp of his time, a new model played by his wife who, unfortunately, ran off with Dusek leading to Krumpholz's suicide in desperation. Conti composed demanding violin concertos, and Zumsteeg was heavily involved with opera and the stage.

The orchestra is active in the Rzeszów region of Poland.

Peter Grahame Woolf