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Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al


Release Date: 05/09/2006 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93129   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Friedrich GuldaHenryk SzeryngDennis BrainMaria Bergmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: in A, K 488; 1 in E?, K 449 . 2 Horn Concertos: in E?, K 447; in E?, K 447. 3 Ch?io mi scordi di te , K 505. 4 Per pieta, non ricercate , Read more K 420. 5 Si mostra la sorte . 5 Violin Concertos: in D, K 218; 6 in G, K 216 7 ? Friedrich Gulda (pn); 1,2 Dennis Brain (hn); 3 Suzanne Danco (sop); 4 Maria Bergmann (pn); 4 Peter Pears (tn); 5 Arthur Grumiaux (vn); 6 Henryk Szeryng (vn); 7 Hans Rosbaud (cond); 1,2,3,4 Ernest Bour (cond); 5,6 Paul Sacher, cond; 7 Southwest German RSO ? HÄNSSLER 93.129 (2 CDs: 148:24)


Though no more feisty than other aficionados, classical music collectors don?t seem to agree on much. I can think, however, of several recordings widely considered definitive: the Dinu Lipatti Chopin waltzes comes to mind, as well as Schnabel?s late Beethoven, and, more germane to this issue, the recording of the Mozart horn concertos by Dennis Brain with Herbert von Karajan, made half a century ago. This new collection would be of interest if only for offering alternate readings of two of those concertos, this time with the distinguished Hans Rosbaud conducting. Recorded on a single day in the spring of 1953, they find Brain in fine form, bubbling, as someone said of him, like a stream. The concertos seem to hold no difficulties for him: his control of dynamics, his dramatic flair, and elegant execution make us forget that in the wrong hands these concertos can sound almost drab.


But of course most listeners will also have the Karajan recordings, and these two performances are similar. Many listeners will also, I hope, have the Arthur Grumiaux Mozart violin concertos as conducted by Colin Davis, and issued inexpensively by Philips. Those recordings remain my favorite, and, indeed, Grumiaux is my favorite classical violinist. The (1959) recording of the Concerto in D, K 218, featured on this collection by the Baden-Baden orchestra is conducted by Ernest Bour, and it is a more outgoing performance, less subtle in exquisite places in the Andante grazioso, for instance, but cheerful and accomplished as well as quicker in tempo. This seems a significant alternate reading. The Szeryng with conductor Paul Sacher is almost as good. Szeryng?s rich sound is well recorded.


Like many fans, I have found Friedrich Gulda?s career puzzling in an interesting way. I haven?t enjoyed his jazz playing, nor the one composition I heard for orchestra and jazz-like piano. (I did enjoy his premature announcement of his own death, but that was another matter.) He was a wonderful Mozartean, as the two concertos found here, both recorded in 1962 and with Hans Rosbaud conducting, amply prove. One might expect something eccentric, but his Mozart is stylish, energetic, beautifully phrased.


Perhaps as bonuses, this distinguished collection also offers a concert aria by the wonderful Suzanne Danco, recorded in 1953, and two, recorded six years later, featuring Peter Pears. Many will remember Danco?s Cherubino and her Debussy. She had a full, rounded voice, which she used delicately and expressively and she is in good voice here, as is Pears. This collection, meant to celebrate the orchestra, is a joy throughout. It brings together a group of recordings by the still underrated Hans Rosbaud, and its soloists are consistently wonderful.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1962 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 22 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1962 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/13/1960 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 25 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 03/02/1959 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 22 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/06/1953 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/06/1953 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 15 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria Bergmann (Piano), Suzanne Danco (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1953 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Per pietà, non ricercate, K 420 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/19/1959 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Si mostra la sorte, K 209 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/19/1959 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218: II. Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218: III. Rondo: Andante grazioso
Ch'io mi scordi di te ... Non temer, amato bene, K. 505: Ch'io mi scordi di te... Non temer, amato bene, K. 505
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K. 447: I. Allegro
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K. 447: II. Romance: Larghetto
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K. 447: III. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449: II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449: III. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: III. Rondeau: Allegro
Per pieta, non ricercate, K. 420
Si mostra la sorte, K. 209
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K. 417: I. Allegro maestoso
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K. 417: II. Andante
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K. 417: III. Rondo: Allegro

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