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Mozart/Clementi: Sinfonies KV. 550, 551

Clementi / Mozart / Cabassi / Curtolo / Lupo
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Concerto   Catalog #: 2063   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Luigi LupoDavide CabassiLucio Labella DanziGisella Curtolo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on this Italian release is designated as "Clementi-Mozart" in the track list, but in usual parlance it would be "Mozart-Clementi" -- Mozart's music arranged by composer and pianist Muzio Clementi. The Italian composer admired Mozart, even after Mozart pointedly refused to reciprocate, and these arrangements of the Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550, and Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, seem to have been intended as a kind of homage rather than as purely commercial products. Of course there were plenty of Mozart arrangements with that goal around at the time, too, but Clementi's are unusual in that they're very much a pianist's versions. The texture is something like that of many of Haydn's piano trios, with Read more a dominant piano fully assisted by violin, cello, and flute only when clearly responsorial passages are needed and in fully contrapuntal textures. Otherwise, the other instruments mostly double the work of the piano. Pianist Davide Cabassi uses a modern piano, a questionable decision in such a historically oriented recording. The piano part itself is quite dense and captures a surprising amount of detail, but there's no denying that a good deal of the grandeur is lost. These arrangements have resided for two centuries in British library and here receive their world premieres; students of Mozart reception history will find it a valuable addition to their libraries.

-- James Manheim, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Luigi Lupo (Flute), Davide Cabassi (Piano), Lucio Labella Danzi (Cello),
Gisella Curtolo (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala Michelangeli, Conservatorio Monteve 
Length: 27 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gisella Curtolo (Violin), Davide Cabassi (Piano), Lucio Labella Danzi (Cello),
Luigi Lupo (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala Michelangeli, Conservatorio Monteve 
Length: 32 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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