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Mozart: Wind Concertos / Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: 01/01/2006 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 273   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alison MitchellUrsula LeveauxMaximiliano Martin
Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Linn and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday with this special release of Mozart Wind Concertos peformed by the section principals of the Orchestra. Austrian conductor Alexander Janiczek is the ideal choice to lead the orchestra in the well-loved repertoire of his fellow Austrian. The SCO, and in particular the wind section, received special praise from Audiophile Audition for their playing on Mendelssohn Violin Concerto; 'its strings are supple and silky, its woodwinds, led by clarinettist Maximiliano Martin, are eloquent and full-bodied, and its brass are more elegant than brass have a right to be'. Maximiliano Martin (clarinet) is a charismatic young Spaniard who has won many prizes for his playing and is in Read more demand as a recitalist. Alison Mitchell (flute) often appears as a soloist with the SCO, having performed works by Mozart, Poulenc, Osborne and Bach. Ursula Levaux (bassoon) combines her orchestral work with a busy chamber music career and solo work, including a premiere performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Bassoon Concerto, Strathclyde Concerto No.8 which was written especially for her. Incredibly the Bassoon Concerto was writen when Mozart was only eighteen. By this stage in his life he had already written about thirty symphonies, a dozen string quartets, and several Italian operas. The Flute Concerto is notable for the fact that Mozart did not like the flute as an instrument famously stating - 'whenever I have to write music for an instrument I dislike, I immediately lose interest'. In 1791, the last year of his life, Mozart wrote the Clarinet Concerto. Interestingly the Concerto was not composed for a standard clarinet in A but for an instrument the court clarinettist Anton Stadler had developed which extended the instrument's lower range by four notes. The Concerto was published with the solo part adapted to suit an ordinary clarinet, but for this performance Maximiliano Martin has adapted the text of the first edition to make the best use of the clarinet's lowest register. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alison Mitchell (Flute)
Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K 191 (186e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ursula Leveaux (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maximiliano Martin (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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