Army of Generals: The World of the Court Orchestra in Mannheim, 1742-1778 | Etcetera KTC1703

Army of Generals: The World of the Court Orchestra in Mannheim, 1742-1778


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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1703

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th April 2021



Under the reign and patronage of Elector Carl Theodor during 1742-78, the court orchestra of Mannheim became the leading centre of musical life in Europe.

Not only were its performances of the music of the finest composers of the day considered first rate, but also were its own school of composers, virtuoso players, and innovative style. This school had a profound influence on later composers like Mozart and Haydn, and Mozart notably sought employment there, albeit unsuccessfully.

Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester (DNMO) was established in late 2016 in The Hague by Canadian harpsichordist and fortepianist Anders Muskens with the aim of recapturing the spirit of music from the period of the original Mannheim Court Orchestra, including late Baroque, galant, Classical, and early Romantic  especially from composers of the Mannheim School.

As an early music ensemble, DNMO plays on period instruments using historically informed techniques. It is made up of young professional early music specialists, and is a highly international group of young specialists, playing concerts internationally and featuring talents from all around the world.

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