Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenades - Die Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Ð¡omposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756â€“91)
Artist: Die KÃ¶lner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens
Title: Mozart - Serenades, Vol. 1
Label: Â© BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: December 2015 at the Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany
Die KÃ¶lner Akademie and Michael Willens have previously recorded Mozartâ€™s complete piano concertos with Ronald Brautigam, earning praise for their fresh and colourful contributions to the series. The team now releases the first of four projected discs with further Mozart scores, beginning with two of the composerâ€™s best-loved serenades. Serenades were a characteristic feature of Salzburg musical life: opening with a march and continuing with as many as eight or nine separate movements on an orchestral scale, such works will have been ringing in Mozartâ€™s ears from childhood. Thirteen serenades of varying scope and scorings are included in Mozartâ€™s catalogue of works, and of these the well-known â€˜Posthorn Serenadeâ€™ is the ninth. It is also the last serenade that Mozart composed before leaving Salzburg for Vienna. The nickname stems from Mozartâ€™s inclusion of a solo for post horn (â€˜cornodi postaâ€™) in one of the movements, but the wind instruments play an important role throughout the serenade, with extended solos for flute and oboe.
In comparison, Eine kleine Nachtmusik â€“ the last serenade Mozart wrote â€“ is for strings only. It is also shorter than many of the other serenades, and was probably intended for a more intimate occasion. Mozartâ€™s own thematic catalogue lists it as having five movements, but as the first minuet and trio (preceding the slow movement) have been lost, only four are typically performed today. In this recording a minuet from Mozartâ€™s very first string quartet in G major, K. 80, is incorporated by way of completion of the five-movement arch.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756â€“91)
1 March in D major, K 335 No. 1 4'17
Serenade No. 9 in D major, K 320 'Posthorn Serenade'
2 I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito 8'18
3 II. Minuetto 4'08
4 III. Concertante. Andante grazioso 6'41
5 IV. Rondeau. Allegro ma non troppo 5'36
6 V. Andantino 7'39
7 VI. Minuetto 4'33
8 VII. Finale. Presto 4'13
9 March in D major, K 335 No. 2 4'25
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K 525 â€˜Eine kleine Nachtmusikâ€™
10 I. Allegro 8'21
11 Minuetto from String Quartet in G major, K 80 2'52
12 II. Romanze. Andante 4'55
13 III. Minuetto. Allegretto 2'21
14 IV. Rondo. Allegro 6'16
Die KÃ¶lner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
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