When investigating this composer you notice how several labels have been recording him profusely (e.g., cpo). Since a lot of music just before Beethoven's (end of the 18th century) is quite generic to me (as if composed on automatic pilot for the boss) I do have a great hesitation on exploring composers from the era. "Antonio Rosetti" (c.1750-1792) is practically a contemporary of Mozart. He was not Italian, bu another Bohemian/German (née Frantisek Antonín Rössler). Maybe he italicized his name as a marketing move? And, what did people eat in Bohemia when growing up? Musical note-bars?
The fact is that Rosetti's music is not that bad! This particular release contains very refreshing symphonies and a joy to listen to. Of course not at the level of the super-masters from the time, but the guy had some good musical ideas, orchestrates wonderfully and the music has drive. Lastly, the performances and sound cannot be bettered.
Excellent super bargain.
BTW! if you are interested in the historical, artistic, musical and scientific world-context of when these works were created, there is a wonderful two-page chart at the end of the booklet (I doubt the super cheap re-issue on Apex has it)
Rosetti;Symphonies Vol.2 インポート