Karl Franz Müller: Bach Variations - Wilhelm Petersen: Sinfonietta
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KHCD-2012-073DL (STEREO) - Karl Franz Müller: Bach Variations for String Orchestra - Austrian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra/Carl Melles; Wilhelm Petersen: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Op. 5 - Mainz Chamber Orchestra/Günter Kehr - Music for string orchestra by two relatively obscure German composers, coming from two equally obscure record labels. Karl Franz Müller (1808-1855) was a 19th century composer whose works have had virtually no performances in modern concert halls. The "Bach Variations" is perhaps the best known of his output, which includes at least 4 symphonies and chamber music, of which more has been discovered in recent times. Originally written with a small ensemble of strings in mind, the Variations benefit greatly performed with a large string orchestra. This performance was transcribed from a factory-sealed Classical Excellence LP. Wilhelm Petersen (1890-1957) was born in Athens, Greece to German parents. His family moved back to Germany, settling in Darmstadt, and he studied in Munich with Friedrich Klose for composition and Felix Mottl for conducting. He wrote poetry as well as music but eventually devoted himself exclusively to composition. He was a lecturer in the Music Academy at Darmstadt then became professor of music in Mannheim. He composed an opera, orchestral, chamber and choral works. The Petersen Sinfonietta recording comes from a German Da Camera Magna 2-LP set. Thanks to John Proffitt for suggesting this coupling.