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Naxos Classical Spotlight

Jul 24, 2015

Franz Ignaz Beck (1734–1809) was a member of the Mannheim school of composers, based at the court of Mannheim in the mid-18th century. The Mannheim orchestra was one of the largest and finest in Europe, and the Mannheim school’s spearheading of developments in orchestral style, technique and expression influenced symphonic composers during the rest of the 18th century and well into the nineteenth, including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

This new Naxos release features the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kevin Mallon in Beck’s Op. 2 set of six symphonies. In this podcast, Rick Phillips reveals the importance of Beck on the European musical scene and explains some of the compositional techniques to be found in his Op. 2.