Mozart - Ballet Music | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807403

Mozart - Ballet Music

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807403

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th April 2014



Concertos, symphonies, operas … sonatas, serenades and divertimenti. But Mozart and Ballet Music? Truly a rarity!

Much of the music on this disc formed the tenth and last LP in Decca’s complete 'Dances and Marches' series with the Wiener Mozart Ensemble under Willi Boskovsky, for which he chose younger players, some of whom had not yet graduated to the Vienna Philharmonic. The leader was Friedrich Staar, a member of the Weller Quartet, but Boskovsky occasionally appropriated a solo – he plays the comical cadenza in A Musical Joke.

The original recording consisted of Les Petits Riens and Idomeneo music and is here filled out with the Rondo, KV 371 and A Musical Joke. Both the Idomeneo ballet music and march, and the little Rondo appear on CD for the first time. Tully Potter provides the fascinating annotations and the original LP covers .

‘The performances are admirable, the recording excellent’ - Gramophone, 1967 (Les Petits Riens & Idomeneo)

‘The horn playing excels itself in the Rondo: Roland Berger proves himself an excellent player indeed … an excellent disc’ - Gramophone, 1968 (KV371)

‘This is Boskovsky and his ensemble at their best: light of touch, sensitive in phrasing, and above all, full of style’ - Gramophone, 1971 (A Musical Joke)

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