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Mozart: Complete Flute Concertos / Vester, Witsenburg, Bruggen


Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802152  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frans VesterEdward Witsenburg
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An understanding has been passed down to us that Mozart had a somewhat jaundiced view of the flute, that he had not the inclination to lavish upon it the love and care and idiomatic poetry which give rise to the concertos for clarinet and horn and the wind parts of the operas and piano concertos. But, as Graham Rogers points out in his note, the evidence for this misunderstanding is at best circumstantial. When we listen to these concertos and fragments, we find solo parts every bit as quintessentially Mozartian as those cited above. They may not rival the piano concertos of his mature Vienna years, but they are masterpieces in their way, and are indeed the best of their kind.

Best of all is the concertante piece he wrote
Read more for a wealthy French count and his harp-playing daughter. From the ceremonial C major first movement, through the gracefully fluent triple-time Andantino, to the joyous bustling finale, the music’s cloth is cut peerlessly to the technical possibilities and individual timbres of both instruments.

These 1972 recordings were made by the cream of the Dutch early music movement, led by one of its alma parens, Frans Bruggen. They date from a time when early-music values of transparency, buoyancy and lightness of touch and tone were just beginning to filter through to performances of music from the Classical era, and they stand the test of time.

‘A lot of trouble has been taken to make these performances sound as authentic as possible (the pitch throughout is about a semitone lower than modern pitch), and for devotees of Mozart’s flute music... who want to hear it as it would have sounded in Mozart’s day, the set will undoubtedly have its attractions.’ GRAMOPHONE, OCTOBER 1981 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frans Vester (Flute)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1972 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edward Witsenburg (Harp), Frans Vester (Flute)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 30 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Rondo for Flute and Strings in D major, K Anh. 184 (373) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frans Vester (Flute)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 01/1972 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frans Vester (Flute)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1971 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 25 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Flute no 2 in D major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frans Vester (Flute)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1971 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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