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Mozart: Haffner Symphony, Posthorn Serenade / Harnoncourt, Vienna Concentus Musicus


Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 372068   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Symphony No. 35. “Posthorn” Serenade. March No. 1 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond; Concentus Musicus Wien SONY 88883720682 (72:06)


I’ve always had a soft spot for Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s way with Mozart. Among “historically informed” conductors, he directs with unusual freedom and power, never seeming constrained either lyrically or dramatically by dry theory. Indeed, a forceful sense of drama and innovative phrasing of rhythm characterizes his work with 18th- and early 19th-century music especially, Read more whether it be the Schubert Fourth Symphony, led massively and grandly with something close to the full Berlin Philharmonic, or the “Haffner” Symphony as done here with just under 50 players from Concentus Musicus Wien.


The pieces assembled on this CD are all Salzburg related, the “Posthorn” Serenade and March in D in fact forming part of traditional university graduation ceremonies. The music would be performed in the palace courtyard of the prince-archbishop, the students marching in procession, and then the selections would be played again in the square facing the Collegiate Church, whose acoustic was perfect for the use of the posthorn (included effectively here). The “Posthorn” music, like such ceremonies, alternates between the wildly buoyant and the valedictory. The “Haffner” Symphony, prepared for Salzburg a few years later, is remarkable in that Mozart recycled it from work on an earlier serenade and didn’t recall composing a note of it! But coming upon it again, he judged it “remarkably effective,” which it certainly was and has been ever since.


Although Harnoncourt recorded this CD in 2012, at the age of 83, his performance of all the music is dashing and forceful, with all sorts of wonderful little touches, including a fine phrasing wriggle as the minuet of the symphony recycles itself. The sound, recorded in the Musikverein, is everything one could wish. These performances go to the top of my list.


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Works on This Recording

1. March in D major, K 335 no 1 (320a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Wien 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Wien 
Length: 44 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Wien 
Length: 22 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Harnoncourt's Mozart is a revelation April 23, 2014 By Dennis M. (Clarendon Hills, IL) See All My Reviews "These rather military works of late Mozart had never been my favorites before, but Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus has found a totally new sound in them, enlivening them and making them new! He's really on to something, an aspect of Mozart that has remained dormant during my lifetime of collecting. The brilliant CD contains one marvel after another, very highly recommended even for those who like their Mozart "tame". I'm looking out for more installments!" Report Abuse
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