MOZART Lucia Silla: Overture; Idomeneo: Ballet Music; Serenade in D, K 203; March in C, K 408/1; Symphony No. 28 in C, K 200; Two Minuets, K 463; March in D, K 2371; Bella mia,Read moreK 5282; Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C, K 3153; Ombra felice, K 2554; Rondo concertante for violin and orchestra, K 2605; Mentra ti lscio, o flglia, K 5136; Masonic Funeral Music, K 4777; Non piu, tutto ascolta, K 4908 • Bernhard Paumgartner, cond; 2Hilde Zadek (sop); 3Maria von Ilosovay (alt); 8Leopold Simoneau (ten); 6Herman Schey (bs); 3Herbert Barwahser (fl); Nap de Klijn (vn); 1Camerata Academica des Salzburger Mozarteums. 2-8Vienna SO • GRAMOLA 98956/57 (2 CDs: 141:50)
I have to think of this assemblage of pieces by Mozart conducted by Bernhard Paumgartner as a bit of a hodge-podge. Recorded in mono between 1953 and 1957, it was presumably assembled for collectors who probably already have Paumgartner’s “Jupiter” Symphony, for instance, his concertos with Arthur Grumiaux and Clara Haskil, or his horn concertos. Yet his range of Mozart recordings made in a few years in the ’50s is impressive, and this collection of sometimes relatively obscure Mozart will duplicate no other. Paumgartner, who would have been 125 this year, dedicated his life to Mozart and to Salzburg. He moved to Salzburg in 1917 where he was the director of the Mozarteum for 40 years, excepting (for which I am thankful) the years of Nazi rule. In 1951, he created the Camerata Academica that performs the one symphony found here and the “Colloredo” Serenade (K 203) as well as some shorter works. He concertized regularly in Salzburg and, during these same years, recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic on Philips.
He’s as expert a Mozartian as anyone of his time. These recordings are notable for their decorum, their clear textures, and lack of eccentricity. There is a bit of fierceness in the minuet of the Symphony in C Minor: Paumgartner’s Mozart is elegant but doesn’t lack backbone. Or zest, which we hear in the last movement of the same symphony. The other longer work here is the “Colloredo” Serenade, which is just as appealing. The minuets (K 463) are played broadly, and joyously. But to my ears, the highlight of this collection is the scene Non piu, tutto ascolta sung marvelously by the tenor Leopold Simoneau. This is a glorious performance of rarely heard music. There’s much else here for fans of Mozart and of Paumgartner.
Mentre ti lascio, o figlia, K 513by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Hermann Schey ()
Period: Classical Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria Venue: Vienna Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs.
Serenade no 4 in D major, K 203 (189b)by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Christa Richter-Steiner (Violin)
Period: Classical Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria Venue: Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg, Austria Length: 34 Minutes 10 Secs.
March in D major, K 237 (189c)by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria Venue: Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg, Austria Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs.
Lucio Silla, K. 135: Overture: I. Molto allegro
Lucio Silla, K. 135: Overture: II. Andante
Lucio Silla, K. 135: Overture: III. Molto allegro
Bella mia fiamma, addio, K. 528: Bella mia fiamma, addio
Andante in C major, K. 315
Ombra felice! ... Io ti lascio, K. 255
Rondo in B flat major, K. 269
Mentre ti lascio, K. 513
Idomeneo re di Creta, K. 367: Chaconne: Allegro -
Idomeneo re di Creta, K. 367: Larghetto -
Non piu, tutto ascoltai ... Non temer, amato bene, K. 490
Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K. 477
3 Marches, K. 408: No 1 in C major (K 383e)
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200: I. Allegro spirituoso
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200: II. Andante
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200: III. Minuetto: Allegro
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200: IV. Presto
2 Quadrilles, K. 463: No. 1. in F major
2 Quadrilles, K. 463: No. 2. in B flat major
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: I. Andante maestoso - Allegro assai
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: II. Andante
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: III. Menuetto
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: IV. Allegro
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: V. Menuetto
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: VI. Andante
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: VII. Menuetto
Serenade No. 4 in D major, K. 203: VIII. Prestissimo