Mozart Arranged | ABC Classics ABC4810853

Mozart Arranged


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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4810853

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th August 2014



This double album is full of surprises and puts Mozartís music into a new perspective, fully realising the limitless adaptability of his music, as was commonplace in the 17th and 18th centuries.

'Mozart Arranged' is a journey through adaptations and arrangements of Mozartís chamber music, from his Grande Sestetto Concertante and Clarinet Quintet through to adaptations of his piano sonatas for two pianos by Norwegian Edvard Grieg. The performances here are all arrangements of music that Mozart would have most certainly approved.

Mozartís sonatas arranged for two pianos are more Ďadaptationsí than arrangements. Grieg augments the original sonatas - Mozartís original remains unaltered as the primo piano and the Grieg influence in the second piano part serves to contemporise the sonatas. As Grieg was also a very capable pianist, these are very considered works. When first released back in the 1990s, this recording by Julie Adam and Daniel Herschovitch was a world premiere recording, their performances here very much conveying Grieg and Mozart in dialogue, speaking and listening to each other.

The Australia Ensemble is the establishment chamber ensemble in Australia. All musicians are instrumental leaders in their field, and although recorded in the 1990s, all members remain with the ensemble some 20 years later. Violinist Dene Olding is currently concert-master of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and a noted soloist and founder for the Goldner String Quartet. Dimity Hall has a love of chamber music, having been principal second violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as violinist in the Goldner String Quartet, along with violist Irina Morozova and cellist Julian Smiles.

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