Mozart - Duos K423/424, The Magic Flute (transcriptions for flute and viola) | Saphir Productions LVC1124

Mozart - Duos K423/424, The Magic Flute (transcriptions for flute and viola)

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Label: Saphir Productions

Cat No: LVC1124

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd September 2012

Contents

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2) (flute and viola)
» Alles fuhlt der Liebe Freuden (flute and viola)
» Das klinget so herrlich (flute and viola)
» Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (flute and viola)
» Der vogelfanger bin ich ja (I'm the birdcatcher) (flute and viola)
» Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon (flute and viola)
» Ein madchen oder weibchen (flute and viola)
» O Isis und Osiris (flute and viola)
» Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen (flute and viola)
» Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton (flute and viola)
» Zum Ziele fuhrt dich diese Bahn (flute and viola)
Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K424
Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K423

Artists

Patrick Gallois (flute)
Pierre-Henri Xuereb (viola)

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2) (flute and viola)
» Alles fuhlt der Liebe Freuden (flute and viola)
» Das klinget so herrlich (flute and viola)
» Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (flute and viola)
» Der vogelfanger bin ich ja (I'm the birdcatcher) (flute and viola)
» Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon (flute and viola)
» Ein madchen oder weibchen (flute and viola)
» O Isis und Osiris (flute and viola)
» Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen (flute and viola)
» Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton (flute and viola)
» Zum Ziele fuhrt dich diese Bahn (flute and viola)
Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K424
Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K423

Artists

Patrick Gallois (flute)
Pierre-Henri Xuereb (viola)

About

In the 19th century there are numerous examples of musical transcriptions. Mozart himself was not adverse to this practise, his reasons for doing so being varied and interesting. At times pecuniary reasons governed his writings as, for instance, when he carried out Van Swietenís commissions to re-orchestrate some great works by Handel (amongst them Messiah). These reductions, however, were often done to flatter an interpreterís ego.

One could not accuse Patrick Gallois and Pierre-Henri Xuereb of this - their playing is sober and well phrased, filled with all the poetry inherent in Mozartís music, and their transcriptions are intelligent and pure in style. They took inspiration from an adaptation of The Magic Flute dating from 1792 for two identical instruments (2 flutes or 2 violins). Opera connoisseurs will certainly find pleasure in the freshness of the present evocation.

Of even greater interest is the transcription of the Duos K423 and K424. These works are seldom performed, possibly due to the fact that the original scoring for violin and viola appears to lack depth and could seem colourless. It is, therefore, an original idea to separate the two parts, entrusting one to the flute. The counterpoint then stands out boldly, and this puts new life into two little-known works.

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