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Mozart: Symphonies After Serenades, Overtures, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart: Symphonies After Serenades Over
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 796342  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartIgnace Joseph Pleyel
Performer:  Charles NeidichWilliam PurvisStewart RoseDennis Godburn,   ... 
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  TafelmusikMozzafiato
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some the original recordings that make up this set:

Tafelmusik is a Canadian ensemble and, just as on their other disc, its members are conducted here with energy and style by Bruno Weil, formerly the youngest General Music Director in Germany (at Augsburg) but now pursuing an independent career as a conductor. They also play period instruments, usefully listed in the booklet, at a slightly low pitch. Though I cannot think that many readers of these pages need another version of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, enjoyable though this one is, save perhaps for a stiffish Romance and brisk Minuet, it is useful to have a collection of eight Mozart overtures on one disc even if one already possesses some or all of the
Read more complete operas to which they are attached. As a matter of fact, the one to Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail needs the specially written conclusion that we have here (by Bastiaan Blomhert) to work as a separate concert item, and the Idomeneo Overture, when given on its own like this, also ends pretty inconclusively. More importantly, however, this presentation does at least encourage us to listen to the less familiar operatic overtures in their own right, and delightful they are, especially when played as winningly as this, with the 'Turkish' element in the Entfiihrung Overture brought out to the full and a keen overall attention to tempos and textures as well as phrasing. The playing, in sum, is crisp and attractive and if sometimes I wonder whether it is a bit too resolutely boisterous this does not prevent enjoyment. The darker and more solemn moments come across too, as at the start of the Don Giovanni and Zauberflote overtures. The recording is vivid and resonant, but with clear detail.

--C.H., Gramophone

Mozart's K375 Wind Serenade has been recorded before in its original form, for six instruments rather than eight, but as far as I can see all the versions in the current catalogue prefer the later, fuller form. That is understandable: Mozart not only made it richer and more varied in colour when he revised it, adding the oboe parts, but also made some little improvements to the musical content (and incidentally took out a singularly awkward clarinet passage in the finale). Yet in its original form the work does have a kind of integrity of colour and invention that the familiar text lacks: the ideas are perfectly keyed to the sextet, and -with knowledge of the original version - one can see that the 'better' version isn't really what Mozart would have composed from the start for eight instruments.

So this CD is of considerable interest to the Mozartian who knows only the final version, and it is very decently if rather soberly performed. Tempos are steady, and the first movement -Mozart later took out both the repeats, which here are diligently observed - seems hugely long for the thematic material. Further, these players add a double-bass, which in some contexts may be authentic (though not here, as Mozart's famous letter about the 'six fellows, poor beggars, who played it' under his window, attests), but it does overweigh the bass and soften the crispness of texture that a true wind ensemble can attain. There is some expressive playing from the clarinets in the slow movement, the ensemble playing and corporate thinking is of a high standard, and here and there some moqest and apt touches of ornamenta tion are added. It is not a brilliant or exciting interpretation but certainty a serviceable one.

The second work is a serenade version of the Horn Quintet K407, with a minuet from the K563 String Trio. It goes surprisingly well: the ideas are of course already well suited to wind instruments and the reviser has exercised a good deal of ingenuity in his adaptation (the horn music by no means corresponds exactly with what Mozart wrote in K407). The Pleyel Sextet is a very respectable piece though there aren't many ideas that set the pulse racing. Some of the virtuosity does, however - though for the horns it is occasionally extremely testing.

-- S.S., Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cassation in D major, K 100 (62a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
2.
Serenade no 4 in D major, K 203 (189b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
3.
Serenade no 7 in D major, K 250 (248b) "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
4.
Serenade no 3 in D major, K 185 (167a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
5.
Serenade no 5 in D major, K 204 (213a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
6.
Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Centre In The Square, Kitchener, Canada 
7.
Idomeneo, K 366: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
8.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
10.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
11.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
12.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet), William Purvis (Natural Horn), Stewart Rose (Natural Horn),
Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), Marji Danilow (Double Bass), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet),
Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 32 Minutes 16 Secs. 
16.
Sextet for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in E flat major, K Anh. 183 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marji Danilow (Double Bass), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), William Purvis (Natural Horn),
Stewart Rose (Natural Horn), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon),
Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17.
Sextet for Winds in E flat major by Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Performer:  William Purvis (Natural Horn), Marji Danilow (Double Bass), Stewart Rose (Natural Horn),
Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon), Charles Neidich (Clarinet),
Ayako Oshima (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 24 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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