Mozart - Horn Concertos & Quintet
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Cat No: SU42072
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 23rd September 2016
WorksHorn Concerto no.1 in D major, K412
Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat major, K417
Horn Concerto no.3 in E flat major, K447
Horn Concerto no.4 in E flat major, K495
Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407
ArtistsRadek Baborak (French horn)
An artist with a penchant for seeking out the new, he has joined forces with other outstanding musicians (including Štěpán Kratochvíl, from the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and Vilém Kionka, from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) so as to interpret the pieces as arranged for horn and string quartet: “I liked the idea of presenting the concertos in the form they may have been heard when Mr. Leutgeb would visit the Mozarts’ home, get together with Mr. Michael Haydn and Mr. Süssmayr, and make music.”
In Mozart’s time, such treatments were quite common (Michael Haydn, for instance, transcribed the Rondo from Concerto No.3), with their serving to pinpoint the dialogue between the virtuoso parts of the first violin and the horn. According to the preserved correspondence, Mozart tried his hand at the horn, which he found highly amusing. The composer wrote most of his horn works for his older friend, the far-famed virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb.
His mocking comments in the score (“Wolfgang Amadé Mozart takes pity on Leutgeb, ass, ox, and simpleton”), as well as writing Concerto No.4 in inks of four colours, bear witness to the close relationship between the two artists. This playfulness and the sheer joy of making music together are duly reflected in this inspiring album, recorded by Radek Baborák and friends.
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