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Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets For Piano And Winds / Levin


Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 455994   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Robert LevinFrank De BruineDanny BondAntony Pay,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Levin and the Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble provide a look back through time. These pieces are now quite familiar to listeners who, for the most part, have heard them played with only contemporary instruments. Levin's fortepiano and the period instruments of the Ensemble give the music a much different feel. It seems fitting to a smaller room--a more intimate performance.
Mozart's Quintet for Fortepiano and Wind Instruments (K. 452) is structured much like a concerto and was one of the composer's own favorites. Levin and the Ensemble strive for consummate authenticity in performance, and the effort is well-rewarded.
The included Beethoven pieces may have similar orchestration, but the difference in style is
Read more apparent. They take on regal airs, contrasting with Mozart's lyrical serenity. Even with period instruments, Beethoven's compositions fill the room with sound, swelling with pride and enthusiasm.
Levin's reputation as a master of the fortepiano is well-earned. His performance is studied, yet full of personality. The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble excels as well. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Levin (Fortepiano), Frank De Bruine (Oboe), Danny Bond (Bassoon),
Antony Pay (Clarinet), Anthony Halstead (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Danny Bond (Bassoon), Anthony Halstead (French Horn), Robert Levin (Fortepiano),
Frank De Bruine (Oboe), Antony Pay (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anthony Halstead (French Horn), Robert Levin (Fortepiano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/15/1996 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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