Harmoniemusik from Mozartís Favourite Operas | Cobra COBRA0049

Harmoniemusik from Mozartís Favourite Operas

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Label: Cobra

Cat No: COBRA0049

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Ah, chi mi dice mai
» Eh via, buffone
» Giovinette che fate all'amore
» Ho capito, signor, si
» La ci darem la mano
» Vedrai, carino
La clemenza di Tito, K621 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Ah, grazie si rendano
» Come ti piace imponi
» Deh se piacer mi vuoi
» Del piu sublime soglio
» Torna di Tito a lato
» Tu fosti tradito
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Cinque, dieci, venti
» Non piu andrai
» Se a caso madama
» Se vuol ballare, signor Contino
» Sinfonia
» Susanna, or via sortite

Artists

Winds Unlimited

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Ah, chi mi dice mai
» Eh via, buffone
» Giovinette che fate all'amore
» Ho capito, signor, si
» La ci darem la mano
» Vedrai, carino
La clemenza di Tito, K621 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Ah, grazie si rendano
» Come ti piace imponi
» Deh se piacer mi vuoi
» Del piu sublime soglio
» Torna di Tito a lato
» Tu fosti tradito
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492 (arr. for wind sextet and double bass by G.K. Sartorius)
» Cinque, dieci, venti
» Non piu andrai
» Se a caso madama
» Se vuol ballare, signor Contino
» Sinfonia
» Susanna, or via sortite

Artists

Winds Unlimited

About

In the eighteenth century it was common practice to hear excerpts from the publicís favourite operas and ballets, their most loved arias performed in transcriptions usually for wind sextet, or sometimes a wind octet, both occassionally with an additional bass instrument. This Harmoniemusik was all the rage in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, most intensely from 1780s to 1820s, particularly in Vienna but also in Prague and Budapest. Mozart himself, in a letter to his father, mentioned hearing such a group playing on the street from his window and expressed his joy at hearing his own music in this smaller ensemble setting.

This CD features Harmoniemusik of some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most loved arias from his operas La clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. The transcriptions were made by Georg Kaspar Sartorius (1754-1809). Needless to say, these particular transcriptions have their own texture and flavour that is apart from the original. What they offer still, is a representation of the bright, varied, virtuosic, melodious and grand music found in these operas reflected through the seductive timbres of clarinets, horns and bassoons, grounded and infused by the warmth of a double bass. And still imbued with all the essential brilliance of the original Mozart works. The natural vocal qualities of wind instruments in this grouping lend themselves perfectly to the emotionally charged and human voice Mozart was portraying.

Not a lot is know about Georg Kaspar Sartorius. He was one of the many composers actively consumed by the writing of transcriptions, and was in the employ of the court of Ludwig X until around 1809. He made many transcriptions for his employer including others by Mozart (Cosž fan tutte and Die ZauberflŲte), Franz Xaver SŁssmayr, Peter von Winter and Niccolo Piccinni.

Winds Unlimited was formed in 2009, a coming together of six wind players from across Europe with a passion for playing period instruments. Since their formation they have worked intensively together discovering new repertoire and bringing their knowledge of playing intstruments from various styles to the sound world of classical instruments.They have given concerts and appeared as part of festivals across Europe and Israel.

This unique wind ensemble discovered a large source of forgotten Harmoniemusik gems which form their core repertoire. Through access to manuscripts at the Hessischelandes und Hochschulbibliothek in Darmstadt they discovered many wonderful transcriptions by Georg Kaspar Satorius of Mozartís operas written only a few years after their original composition.

Winds Unlimited:
- Chen Halevi (clarinet: Theodor Lotz, Vienna, c.1785, copy by Agnes Gueroult)
- Michal Lewkowicz (clarinet: Theodor Lotz, Vienna, c.1805, copy by Agnes Gueroult)
- Stephane Mooser (natural horn: Ignaz Lorenz, Linz, c.1830, copy by Engelbert Schmidt)
- Denis Dafflon (natural horn: Ignaz Lorenz, Linz, c.1830, copy by Engelbert Schmidt)
- Lisa Goldberg (bassoon: Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Grenser, c.1810, copy by Peter de Koningh)
- Giulia Genini (bassoon: Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Grenser, c.1810, copy by Pau Orriols Bonaire)
- Megan Adie (double bass: CG Steward, Los Angeles, California 1930; traditional bass bow in the style of Dragonetti, English, mid-19th century, copy by Kirk Adie)

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