London Mozart Players

Biography

Active: February 11, 1949 - ; London, England
London is perhaps the most musically active city in the world, supporting five full-sized symphony orchestras and numerous smaller and specialty orchestral ensembles, of which the London Mozart Players is the oldest and one of the most honored.

After World War II, there was considerable uncertainty as to what form concert life would take and what organizations would survive. During the war, smaller ensembles had been formed to keep up
Read more morale; many played at daytime concerts such as the famous National Gallery Concerts held in the emptied art museum (its paintings having been shipped out of London to avoid their being damaged by Luftwaffe bombing raids). Among these groups were the Blech String Quartet (founded in 1933) and the London Wind Players (1942). Both these had been founded by Harry Blech (1910 - 1999), a former orchestral player.

These wartime concerts had revealed a public interest in chamber and small ensemble performances and specialized concerts. Hoping to serve this taste, Blech in 1949 founded the Haydn-Mozart Society and then, under its auspices, the London Mozart Players. The LMP had a clear identity and mission: to present the music of the Viennese classic masters and other core Classical-era works in performance by an orchestra similar in size to that most commonly used during that era. The LMP thus was the first chamber orchestra in Britain to specialize in this repertory, giving its first performance at London's Wigmore Hall on February 11, 1949. (When the Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, then working in London, heard of the London Mozart Players he huffed that he was going back to Salzburg to found the Salzburg Shakespeare Players.)

From the beginning, Blech took his orchestra from the great metropolis and its major concert halls to rural venues and smaller cities around Britain. His performances were, says New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, "lively and clear-textured (if not always well-poised)." He did not confine his attentions to Wolfgang Mozart and Joseph Haydn, but also explored other composers active in Vienna at the time. His engaging style of music making and his interest in taking the music to the countryside won the LMP a large and steady following. Frequent performance sites include the Anvil in Basingstoke, the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton, Wingfield Arts in East Anglia, The Thames Concert Society in Kingston, the Concert Hall and Hexagon in Reading, the Blackheath Halls in South London, St. John's, Smith Square in London, the Barbican Centre in the City of London, the Warwick Arts Centre, and the Royal Festival Hall. It is, in fact, the only orchestra to have appeared in the RFH every year since it opened in 1951 and, as such, the LMP is a mainstay of the South Bank Festival in London, which is centered on that hall. It has established a formal residency at the Fairfield Concert Hall and the Borough of Croydon in London.

Blech remained music director until 1984, when he was succeeded by Jane Glover, followed in 1992 by Matthias Bamert and in 1999 by Andrew Parrott. Although Parrott is primarily known as a "period instruments" conductor, the LMP remains a standard instruments ensemble, though over the years it has willingly adopted new understanding of performance practices of the classical era. Its principal guest conductor is the great flutist James Galway. Under its more recent directors, the LMP has expanded its area of interest. It has commissioned some new compositions, but its core remains the Classical era. It maintains one of the most active and successful educational programs of any London orchestra. Read less

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Biography

Active: February 11, 1949 - ; London, England
London is perhaps the most musically active city in the world, supporting five full-sized symphony orchestras and numerous smaller and specialty orchestral ensembles, of which the London Mozart Players is the oldest and one of the most honored.

After World War II, there was considerable uncertainty as to what form concert life would take and what organizations would survive. During the war, smaller ensembles had been formed to keep up
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
III. Prestissimo
I. Grave - Allegro
II. Andante
Overture
Andante maestoso - Allegro moderato
Opfer
Solo di Mme Vigano
Andante grazioso
Allegretto
Marcia con moto - Allegretto
Larghetto sostenuto assai - Allegro vivace
Pastorale
Andante maestoso
Andante con moto - Allegro vivace "la furia"
Finale
Waltz No. 1
Waltz No. 2
Waltz No. 3
Waltz No. 4
Waltz No. 5
Waltz No. 6
Waltz No. 7
Waltz No. 8
Waltz No. 9
Waltz No. 10
Waltz No. 11
Waltz No. 12
Coda
I. Allegro
Ii. Andantino
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante poco
III. Allegro molto
I. Adagio - Allegro molot
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Presto assai
II. Andatino sempre piano
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante grazioso
III. Tempo di minuetto
I. Introduction: Largo ?
I. Introduction: Largo ?
III. Allegretto vivace
III. Allegretto vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanza: Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Turchesco: Allegro molto
I. Allegro molto
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Minuetto - Trio
IV. Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto amorevole
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I
IV. Allegro maestoso
Adagio con moto -
Rondo alla Polacca
I. Larghetto -
II. Allegretto - Larghetto -
III. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro risoluto - Rallantando
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Vivace assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Adagio - Allegretto
I. Allegro assai
II. [Andante]
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non molto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante non molto
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante non molto
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivo
I. Moderato assai -
II. Larghetto
IV. Rondo a L'Espagnola
Symphony No. 38 in D major K504, 'Prague': I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 38 in D major K504, 'Prague': II. Andante
Symphony No. 38 in D major K504, 'Prague': III. Presto
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: I. Molto allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: II. Andante
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: IV. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': III. Minuet (Allegretto)
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': IV. Molto allegro
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: II. Adagio
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: III. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con variazioni: [Theme] - Var. 1 - Var. 2 - Var. 3
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante [versione prima] ?
III. Rondo - Minore - Maggiore
I. Ensemble: allegro energico
II. Pas de deux: Un poco lento - Allegretto grazioso
III. Pas seul, et pas de trois a la fin: Grave - Tempo di polacca - Poco piu mosso
IV. Groteschi: Allegro non troppo ?
V. Ballo generale: Allegro molto vivace
Concerto No. 8 for Flute & Orchestra in G: Allegro
Largo
Tempo di Polonaise
Concerto No. 7 for Flute & Orchestra in E Minor: Allegro
Adagio
Rondo allegretto; Poco moderato
Concerto for Two Flutes & Chamber Orchestra in G: Allegro
Largo
Rondo: Allegretto ma non tanto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Finale: Allegro con brio
Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3: Sostenuto ed espressivo
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6: Poco larghetto con espressione
Variation 7: Allegretto - Cadenza - Tempo I
I. Allegro
II. Romanze: Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro assai
II. Andantino grazioso -
III. Presto
I. Allegro assai -
II. Andantino -
III. Presto
I. Allegro, quasi presto
II. Larghetto
III. Minuetto: Non tanto allegro - Trio
IV. Allegretto e sempre l'istesso tempo
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro molto
I. Andante
II. Andantino
III. Brillante
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto - Presto - Tempo di primo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Minuetto e Trio
IV. Vivace molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto
IV. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto and Trio: Moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
IV. Menuetto and Trio
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto and Trio: Moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino
III. Menuetto and Trio: Moderato
IV. Allegretto capriccio
I. Allegro molto
II. Menuetto and Trio: Moderato
III. Andante ma allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto non tanto
I. Vivace non presto
II. Menuetto fresco and Trio
III. Romanze: Andante gracioso
IV. Capriccio: Allegro molto
I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto and Trio: Fresco ma non troppo allegro
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanze: Larghetto con moto ?
III. Rondo alla Spagniola: Allegro moderato
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
IV. Tempo guisto
I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto e Trio
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Maestoso - Allegro con spirito quasi presto
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Andante -
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro - Andantino cantabile - Primo tempo
I. Grave - Allegro assai
II. Andante moderato -
III. Allegretto [Allegro assai]
I. Grave - Allegro assai
II. Andante grazioso
III. Allegro
I. Presto
II. Andantino
III. Prestissimo
I. Grave - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro moderato - Presto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andantino
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
IV. Allegro
I. Largo - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
I. Larghetto - Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace - Animato e giocoso
I. Allegro assai
II. Un poco adagio
III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Allegro assai
I. Grave - Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Minuetto un poco allegro
IV. Allegro assai


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