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Leopold & Wolfgang Mozart: Toy Symphony, Musical Joke / Koch, Suitner

Mozart / Kammerorchester Berlin / Koch
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94692   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leopold MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Helmut KochOtmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber OrchestraDresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is little doubt that Leopold Mozart exercised a huge influence on his son's musical education, guiding and supporting Wolfgang's development through the many extended tours he organised to Europe's musical centres -- ones that he himself took part in. As well as being a leading teacher (his Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing is still highly regarded today), Leopold was also a talented composer, and the advice that he bestowed on Wolfgang was the same he followed himself: to create 'popular' music.

Father and son are united on this engaging release, with the CD heavily weighted towards the former's music. Tracing his most famous works (the 'Toy' Symphony -- possibly written to promote a very large
Read more toy factory in Berchtesgadener Land -- Musical Sleigh Ride and the Peasant Wedding) the release reveals Leopold's predilection for simple structures, melody and generic depictions such as countryside scenes -- traits which aimed to please both taste at court and the bourgeoisie. Wolfgang largely avoided banal programmatic music in his serenade-like compositions, but in A Musical Joke K522, which completes the compilation, he goes on the attack -- not so much against the playing of dilletante musicians as against the charlatans who make technical short cuts in their compositions. The Kammerorchester Berlin and the Staatskapelle Dresden (directed by esteemed conductor Otmar Suitner) are at the helm to perform these endearing, popular works.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1960 and 1976.
- Now together on one CD: the all time favourite "Classics for kids", and for many an adult the first encounter with classical music: Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony, The Musical Sleigh Ride and the Peasant Wedding, coupled with Mozart's 'Ein musikalischer Spass'.
- Charming, playful and witty, no parental guidance required, this music evokes the harmless and innocent world of a child's play and pleasures. So well done nevertheless, so cleverly composed and imagined that adult entertainment is also guaranteed!
- Excellent performances by the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Otmar Suitner, one of Germany's (and the world's) best orchestras.
- Contains English and German notes on the composers and their music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cassation in G major "Toy Symphony" by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Helmut Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1769; Austria 
2.
Divertimento in D major "Peasant Wedding" by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Helmut Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
3.
Divertimento in F major "Musical Sleigh Ride" by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Helmut Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; Austria 
4.
Eine musikalischer Spass, K 522 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Cassation in G Major, "Toy Symphony": I. Allegro
Cassation in G Major, "Toy Symphony": II. Menuetto
Cassation in G Major, "Toy Symphony": III. Finale: Allegro
Divertimento in D Major, "Die Bauernhochzeit": I. Marcia villanesca
Divertimento in D Major, "Die Bauernhochzeit": II. Menuet
Divertimento in D Major, "Die Bauernhochzeit": III. Andante
Divertimento in D Major, "Die Bauernhochzeit": IV. Menuet
Divertimento in D Major, "Die Bauernhochzeit": V. Finale: Molto allegro
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): I. Overture
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): II. Die Verwirrung in den Stallen
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): III. Die Schlittenfahrt
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): IV. Das Schutteln der Pferde
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): V. Aufzug
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): VI. Festmusik
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): VII. Aufzug
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): VIII. Die Schlittenfahrt
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): IX. Das vor Kalte zitternde Frauenzimmer
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): X. Des Balles Anfang
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): XI. Der Kehraus
Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride): XII. Die Schlittenfahrt
Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522: I. Allegro
Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522: II. Menuetto: Maestoso
Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522: III. Adagio cantabile
Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522: IV. Finale: Presto

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