German composer, conductor, violinist and teacher Franz Ignaz Beck was born in Mannheim on 20 February 1734 and became an important composer of the Mannheim School's second generation. His twenty-four symphonies are striking and original. Beck spent most of his life in France and died in Bordeaux on 31 December 1809, aged seventy-five.
CD Spotlight. A Universal Happy Ending - Gerald Fenech reviews a new recording of Franz Ignaz Beck's opera 'L'isle déserte'. 'Michael Schneider and his La Stagione Frankfurt players give a pleasant and sprightly performance, but attention to detail is always of paramount importance.'
Ensemble. Baroque on the Bosphorus - David Wilkins visits the thirty second Istanbul Music Festival