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Mozart: Masonic Works - Cantatas & Funeral Music / Willens, Die Kolner Akademie


Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2294  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mauro BorgioniDavid GeierJohn HeuzenroederAlexander Puliaev,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne AcademyCologne Academy Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following their 11-album cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos recorded with Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie and Michael Alexander Willens in 2017 released an album with two of Mozart’s best-loved serenades: the Posthorn Serenade and Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The result was warmly received, for instance in the French magazine Classica where it was described as ‘a truly attractive disc to chase away the gloom’ and on MusicWeb-International.com: ‘Die Kölner Akademie … demonstrate once again that they are amongst the best groups in the world of period performance’. Joined by the tenor John Heuzenroeder and the male voices of the Kölner Akademie Choir, the team has now recorded the music that Mozart wrote for performance at Read more Masonic gatherings. Mozart was himself a Mason during the last seven years of his life, and composed a number of songs and cantatas for various occasions. Best-known is probably the Masonic Funeral Music, K477, heard here in a version – ‘Meistermusik’ – devised by the Mozart scholar Philippe Autexier in an attempt to reconstruct the original performance of the piece. Also included are the four orchestral interludes to the play Thamos, König in Ägypten, fine examples of Mozart’s music in the ‘Sturm und Drang’ tradition. Thamos was written by the poet and Mason Tobias von Gebler, and parallels have frequently been drawn between it and the more overtly Masonic Magic Flute. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K 623 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mauro Borgioni (Baritone), David Geier (Tenor), John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy,  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, K 619 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alexander Puliaev (Fortepiano), John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Die Mauererfreude, K 471 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy,  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Lied zur Gesellenreise, K 468 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Kronenberg (Organ), John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge, K 148 (125h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alexander Puliaev (Fortepiano), John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775-76; Salzburg, Austria 
6.
Thamos, King of Egypt, K 345 (336a): Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776-1779; Salzburg, Austria 
7.
Dir Seele des Weltalls, K 429 (468a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Heuzenroeder (Tenor), Willi Kronenberg (Organ)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy,  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Ihr unsre neuen Leiter, K 484 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Kronenberg (Organ), John Heuzenroeder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Zerfliesset heut', geliebte Brüder, K 483 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Heuzenroeder (Tenor), Willi Kronenberg (Organ)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477 (479a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy,  Cologne Academy Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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