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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante; Haydn: Symphony No 64 / Tennstedt

Mozart / Haydn / Pro Arte Streichtrio / Toyoda
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10050  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Gerti Zeumer
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony OrchestraPro Arte String TrioBaden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante, K 320e 1,3. Concert Arias: Bella mia fiamma, addio … Resta, o cara 2,3; Cor sincerum amore plenum 2,3. HAYDN Symphony No. 64 4 Klaus Tennstedt, cond; 1 Pro Arte Trio; 2 Read more class="ARIAL12">Gerti Zeumer-Peer (sop); 3 Berlin SO; 4 SWF SO Baden-Baden PROFIL 10050 (52:02 Text and Translation)

Here’s an interesting disc, early (1974–76) recordings by Klaus Tennstedt conducting music he was not often associated with, namely Mozart and Haydn. The K 320e Sinfonia Concertante is an oddity; Mozart started the first movement, stopped about midway through, and then ignored it thereafter, thus it necessitated (as the notes put it) “laborious reconstruction from surviving sketches,” and all they could finish was that first movement. But it’s a gem, setting off a string trio against a full complement of strings and winds, and the music that survived is really interesting. The notes also refer to the unusually high placement of the viola and cello parts. I think some of this uncomfortable tessitura could have been alleviated by pitching it at A = 425, but Tennstedt chose the modern standard of A = 440. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful performance, with great forward sweep and brilliant solo work.

Of the two concert arias presented here, “Bella mia fiamma” is the familiar one. Composed for Josefa Du?ek, a Czech soprano he was very fond of, it exploits the singer’s expressive and technical ranges. Soprano Zeumer-Peer has a somewhat acidic voice, but the tone is firm and her expression excellent. There are competing versions by such well-known singers as de Niese, Bartoli, Varády, Te Kanawa, and Lott, but in terms of musical expression and excellence of diction I would place Zeumer-Peer alongside any of them. The second aria, “Cor sincerum,” is far less familiar in this arrangement but better known as “Non temer, amato bene,” K 505. Zeumer-Peer also sings it with interesting and well-judged interpretation.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 64, subtitled “Tempora mutantur,” was another unusual choice for Tennstedt. Although mid-period Haydn is more familiar now than it was in 1976, this does not take anything away from the tremendous joie de vivre of Tennstedt’s interpretation. Indeed, I would compare this performance favorably to the one in the complete set by Adam Fischer, whose Haydn symphony recordings remain my favorites.

Other versions of K 320e: Iona Brown (violin and conductor) and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on Philips 601502 (a nine-CD set in the Complete Mozart Edition) or Philips 422508 (a four-CD set), and violinist Rainer Kussmaul, violist Jürgen Kussmaul, cellist Anner Bylsma, and the Amsterdam Mozart Players on Channel Classics 3992 (I haven’t heard it, but the presence of Bylsma suggests a HIP version). But this is Tennstedt’s disc, and it is for his wonderful conducting—here near the start of his spectacular international career—that we should treasure it.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Cello in A major, K Anh. 104 (320e) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Arte String Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Bella mia fiamma...Resta, o cara, K 528 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gerti Zeumer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Czech Republic 
Cor sincerum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gerti Zeumer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Symphony no 64 in A major, H 1 no 64 "Tempora mutantur" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1778; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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