Bought in 2011.
First listen: 31-3-2011.
Second listen: 2-4-2015.
Third listen: 30-9-2016.
Recording dates:April 2004 & August 2005.
Recording venue: Grosser Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Niedersachsen des NDR, Hannover.
Recording supervisor: Frank Lipp.
Running time: 65:13.
Classical relevance: As such interesting
Symphony No. 1, opus 9 in C major & No. 4, opus 23 in C minor.
Overture in D major.
NDR Radiophilharmonie, Howard Griffiths.
It was rotten luck for Wilms, that he lived during the time that Beethoven started to dominate the musical scene, and accounts for today's obscurity of him as a composer and his works. And that is not deserving of a musician that wrote some works near to the quality of say Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven, and of which you find traces throughout his work. Not in such a way that it overshadows his complete oeuvre, but still there are parts of his music that contain direct quotes from both composers mentioned. Fine balanced works, with creative melodic turns and narrative drive, and it gives a fair stab at his contemporaries. Detail is everywhere and of interest, scoring is always lucid and logical. All firmly in the classical tradition. Works that keep you alert through the many orchestral details. Griffiths gives us excellent performances with a reduced orchestra, as to get the balance right, and he did. Spirited well paced interpretations, with observance of all felicitous details there are. He certainly gets the most out of these works, despite the modern instruments. The recording is very good, but there is a slight difference in sound between the first and fourth symphony. No. 1 is near state of the art, No. 4 tends to obscure some details among timpani, basses and celli. Not much but I noticed it.