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Italy - A Musical Tour Of South Tyrol

Mozart / Jando / Concentus Hungaricus / Ligeti
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 2110303  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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ITALY

The Places
Northern Italy has been variously ruled, over the centuries. South Tyrol, seen here, retains much of its Austrian past, with some regions predominantly German-speaking and others Italian. Scenes are shown of Brixen (Bressanone), with its Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, and various historic castles, including Castel Tirolo.

The Music
Music for the tour is by Mozart, with two Piano Concertos, one written in Salzburg in 1777 for a visiting French pianist and the other composed during the last year of Mozart’s life, at the end of a decade spent in independence in Vienna.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
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Running time: 59 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

R E V I E W:

The Tyrol (Tirol) was an historical state of Europe. It now a state within western Austria and comprises the north and west regions separated by the state of Salzburg. What was the southern part of the Tyrol in the old Hapsburg Empire is now a province of the Italian region of Trentino. It was ceded to Italy by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 in the aftermath of the First World War, Italy having joined in on the victorious allied side, albeit a little late in the day. This was the same treaty that returned Alsace and Lorraine to the French who had lost them to Germany following the war in 1870. German is still the main spoken language in the South Tyrol. This DVD issue is a parallel to a previous one in the series (see review), which concentrated on the Schloss Velthurns and Schloss Runkelstein.
 
The general views of Brixen, its parks, streets, characteristic buildings and various statues serve as an excellent introduction (CH.1). The interior of the Bishop’s Palace with its many fine decorative features and furniture are interesting whilst the mounted tiles of the Labours of Hercules are particular noteworthy (CH.2). The visit to Brixen Cathedral starts somewhat incongruously with a view across a park to the Bathaus Municipio. It then enters the magnificent church having first viewed its exterior and those dominant twin towers. The interior with its very wide processional aisle and decorated pillars lead to an ornate high altar with the side altars also having elaborate marble carvings. The stained glass windows illustrating biblical scenes are notable as is the high painted ceiling (CH.3).
 
The first three Chapters are accompanied by the young Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto in E flat major, composed for the visit of the French pianist Mlle. Jeunehomme to Salzburg in January 1777. Its three movements, played with a light hand by Jenö Jandó, are wholly apt. Similarly his playing of Mozart’s final Piano Concerto No. 27, with its delicately repeated and ornamented final theme is ideal for the visits to the castles and particularly to the Chapel of Tirol Castle (CHs.4-5).
 
The mountain views that introduce CH.4, with those in bright sunshine contrasting with the peaks under snow and in dawn light, are impressive. Not as much, however, as the views of the locations amidst the jagged peaks and verdant valleys. There are many different views of the castle itself and the chapel (CH.5). Built in the twelfth century, and expanded two hundred years later under the Hapsburgs, its many carvings and Romanesque frescoes are memorable. One can but imagine the impact of the latter in their original vivid colours inevitably faded but still commanding six centuries later.
 
-- Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 29 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 28 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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