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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622, etc.

Mozart:

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Gabreili String Quartet


Thea King (basset clarinet)

“The two works on this disc represent Mozart's clarinet writing at its most inspired; however, the instrument for which they were written differed in several respects from the modern clarinet, the most important being its extended bass range. Modern editions of both the Clarinet Concerto and the Quintet have adjusted the solo part to suit today's clarinets, but Thea King reverts as far as possible to the original texts, and her playing is both sensitive and intelligent. Jeffrey Tate and the ECO accompany with subtlety and discretion in the concerto, and the Gabrieli Quartet achieves a fine rapport with King in the Quintet. Both recordings are clear and naturally balanced, with just enough distance between soloist and listener.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Mozart: Concertos & Haydn: Sinfonia concertante

Mozart: Concertos & Haydn: Sinfonia concertante


Haydn:

Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op. 84, Hob. I/105

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alfredo Bernardini (oboe), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Mozart:

Oboe Concerto In C major, K314

Alfredo Bernardini (oboe)

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Peter Whelan (bassoon)


Mozart’s sublime Oboe Concerto and Bassoon Concerto (he wrote only one of each) are conjured into thrilling life by Arcangelo under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. In the Haydn Sinfonia concertante—written at the very zenith of the composer’s artistic popularity—four soloists combine with the orchestra in a spiral of theatrical competition.

“Soloists get to enjoy the music, their quirky charisma shining through.” Financial Times, 30th May 2015

“there's nothing dutiful here...Not only is there fine focus to the oboe and bassoon...but every solo line is thoughtfully inflected, as if this were really four solo concertos being played at the same time. You sense the fun they have with the music while never playing fast and loose with the basic pulse. A joy from start to finish.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

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Mozart - Epistle Sonatas

Mozart - Epistle Sonatas


Mozart:

Church (Epistle) Sonatas for Organ & Strings Nos. 1-17


Ian Watson (solo organ), Simon Standage (violin), Micaela Comberti (violin), Jane Coe (cello)

The King's Consort, Robert King

“Cannot fail to delight” BBC Music Magazine

“An hour’s delightful listening. Warmly recommended” CD Review

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Mozart: Exsultate jubilate!

Mozart: Exsultate jubilate!


Mozart:

Regina coeli in C, K108

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Sub tuum praesidium, K198

Sancta Maria, mater Dei, K273

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Agnus Dei (from Coronation Mass)

Vesperae solennes de Domenica, K321: Laudate Dominum

Regina coeli in B flat, K127


“Unreservedly recommended” BBC Music Magazine

“This is a sunny and unpretentious disc which deserves to be among the successes of the Mozart year” Gramophone Magazine

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Mozart: Horn Concertos & Horn Quintet

Mozart: Horn Concertos & Horn Quintet


Mozart:

Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

The Hanover Band, Anthony Halstead

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

with the Eroica Quartet


Pip Eastop (natural horn)

Mozart’s Horn Concertos are perhaps the most popular works ever written for the instrument. This new album is a collection of all the works Mozart wrote for his lifelong friend, the horn player Joseph Leutgeb (1732–1811), one of the foremost players of his day.

In these five works Mozart captures the public persona of an instrument most readily associated with all things hunting, but he also brings it indoors: lyrical episodes, and especially the slow movements, show the very soul of the instrument, despite any perceived limitations of the valveless horn. Leutgeb must indeed have been a worthy recipient of these fine works.

His modern successor is natural horn player Pip Eastop, whose technical ability and musical inventiveness are palpable in these hugely enjoyable renditions. He is accompanied by The Hanover Band and Tony Halstead (who has also provided an ending for the unfinished K417, Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major).

“you would to go a long way to hear such a refined legato line as Eastop achieves. With lucid input from The Hanover Band and from the Eroica Quartet in the Quintet, these performances have a musical integrity over and above historical interest.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“Pip Eastop plays on a modern copy of an 1830 natural horn with an astonishing variety of noises at his command.” Financial Times, 24th January 2015

“Even those who know these concertos quite well will find much to surprise here...Not least, where most players of the natural horn seek to minimise the difference in tone of those pitches that can only be got out of the instrument by hand-stopping and tricks of breathing, Pip Eastop positively flaunts them...Crisp playing by The Hanover Band under Halstead.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

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Mozart: Missa solemnis & other works

Mozart: Missa solemnis & other works


Mozart:

Missa Solemnis in C major, K337

Lynda Russell (soprano), Lina Markeby (mezzo-soprano), James Oxley (tenor) & David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Church (Epistle) Sonata No. 17 in C major for organ & strings, K336

Simon Johnson (organ)

Regina coeli in C, K108

Lynda Russell (soprano)

Vesperae solennes de Dominica, K321

Lynda Russell (soprano), Lina Markeby (mezzo-soprano), James Oxley (tenor) & David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)


St Paul's Cathedral Choir & St Paul's Mozart Orchestra, Andrew Carwood

After almost a decade, Hyperion is delighted to welcome back the world-famous St Paul’s Cathedral Choir under its new director of music, Hyperion artist and also director of The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood. Joined by the St Paul’s Mozart Orchestra and a quartet of renowned soloists, Carwood leads sparkling performances of a selection of Mozart’s sacred music. Although they were commissioned to be sung at church services in Salzburg, all these compositions are suffused with Mozart’s typically unerring sense of dramatic pacing and a sensuous, operatic treatment of solo lines, as well as crisp and energetic choral writing.

“this is a subtly devised and well-executed record” International Record Review, June 2012

“The boys and men of the choir blend well with the 40-strong orchestra and display their strength and security especially in the early Regina coeli...Full marks for the performances in general; full marks also to Carwood and St Paul's for headlining with this rarely performed Mass rather than the ubiquitous K317” Gramophone Magazine, August 2012

“most of the music here is performed by the good soloists and enthusiastic chorus with gusto, so the chief impression is of lusty praise...The St Paul's team seems to be enjoying itself, though the vibrato-free string playing is something of a hair shirt, and consorts oddly with the pleasure evident in what it is introducing or accompanying.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ****

“The performances are thoroughly versed in eighteenth century period practice, although it appears that modern instruments are used. The soloists make a well-balanced team in the Missa Solemnis...Those wanting either a performance using period instruments or a more romantic view of Mozart will look elsewhere, but these genial performances are perfectly in scale and will be welcome to many.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Mozart: Oboe Quartet & Horn Quintet

Mozart: Oboe Quartet & Horn Quintet

& other works


Mozart:

Oboe Quartet in F major, K370

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

Quintet Movement in F, K580b

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452


Mozart’s contribution to the repertoire of music with wind instruments is of considerable significance. Not only did he write concertos for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, but he also made frequent use of these instruments in his chamber music. His interest in varied textures and colours led to unusual, sometimes unique, combinations of wind or wind and strings, and many of these works have become cornerstones of the repertoire.

This historically significant recording includes a single movement from a quintet never completed by Mozart before his death. It was one of only a handful of works singled out for by his wife Constanze for particular attention, whilst documenting his other fragments. The Horn Quintet was written for Joseph Leutgeb, a long-standing friend for whom Mozart also composed the four horn concertos, and shows an obvious affection for the instrument and its practitioner.

The Quartet, K370, contains a particularly lovely Adagio, only 37 bars long, but deeply expressive, and the final work here, K452 was considered by the composer himself to be the best work he had produced.

These important works could not be in more talented hands than those of The Gaudier Ensemble, who effervesce outstanding playing throughout in performances that Mozart himself would surely have been proud of. A recording to be relished with the CD player firmly on ‘continuous play’!

“Ravishingly delightful” American Record Guide

“Anyone interested in this particular program is unlikely to be anything but delighted with this disc” Fanfare

“What beautiful playing. What gorgeous sound. And -- not to forget the obvious -- what wonderful music...the Gaudier Ensemble members, heard in various groupings, play sensitively and with polish.” MusicWeb International, 12th June 2013

“This reissue of the Gaudier’s 2001 recording is welcome. The ensemble includes instrumentalists as expert as Douglas Boyd, Susan Tomes and Richard Hosford; they and their equally skilled colleagues revel in the opportunities Mozart lavishes on them. I can’t imagine the Oboe Quartet better done...The pearl is the piano/wind quintet.” Sunday Times, 28th August 2011

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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 11-13

Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 11-13

Mozart’s own versions for piano and strings


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415


No, not another Mozart piano concerto disc! No indeed, for this pioneering recording gives us intimate, almost domestic versions of three of the composer’s masterpieces, versions that have scarcely been played, let alone set to disc, in the modern concert era. Moreover they give us the opportunity to hear Susan Tomes show her mettle in strong light as concerto soloist—and bring to a wider repertoire the distinct communicative magic that has made her one of the foremost chamber pianists of today.

Mozart retains from the homogeneity of the strings a sense of intricacy and allure, as well conjuring the glanceexchanging thrill of chamber-music-making, all of which heightens the piquancy of the dialogue and confrontation between piano and band, while setting the rich sonorities of the piano into greater relief.

You thought you knew these wonderful, innovative and energetic pieces, but hear afresh and think again!

“There are few recording pianists to match Susan Tomes for clarity of articulation, and here she leads sparkling performances. Speeds are relatively fast, with slow movements kept moving to bring out their soaring lyricism” The Guardian

“Light and air is everywhere; the transparency of the sound remains a constant delight … a sense of musicians bouncing their performances off each other … these are above all genial renditions. Mozart himself never aimed at plumbing depths—he told his father the concertos were ‘very brilliant’ and ‘fell agreeably on the ear’—so Tomes’s fingerwork, always light and precise, would appear to be made to measure … this disc offers major pleasures and refreshment” The Times

“Chamber music at its best—unified, warm, intimate” American Record Guide

“Susan Tomes’s playing has all the qualities for which Mozart himself was renowned: delicacy, agility, neatness, expressive eloquence. In close creative dialogue with The Gaudier Ensemble she brings limpid, subtly coloured tone to the lyrical melodies, makes Mozart’s passagework dance and sparkle, and relishes opportunities for sly and witty timing. Crucially, too, in Mozart, she knows when to be simple. A delightful disc” The Telegraph

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595


Angela Hewitt (piano)

Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Hannu Lintu

Angela Hewitt turns to two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos for her latest album. Together with her frequent collaborators, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, she presents these works in performances which are both elegantly stylish and profoundly felt. This release is completed by a personal reflection on the music by Hewitt herself in the accompanying booklet.

“[the Presto of K453] is brilliantly done, anmd this is a brilliant performance all round.” International Record Review, May 2013

“The sound is wonderfully clean and focused, with an ideal balance between Hewitt’s customary Fazioli piano and the orchestra...a Mozart release to cherish.” The Telegraph, 10th May 2013

“[Hewitt] weights the finale [of K491] to reflect rumination or melancholia, and propounds it supremely well too...Yet the Andante evokes the finest in her, its trajectory exposed through pathos and proud gesture.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“Hewitt displays her pianistic talents to full advantage. Particularly enjoyable are the concluding variations, with their opera buffa-style coda, in which she seems completely at one with the alert playing of the Mantua Chamber Orchestra under Hannu Lintu.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491


Angela Hewitt (piano)

National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Hyperion is delighted to present Angela Hewitt’s third volume of Mozart piano concertos. Writing in The Observer, Stephen Pritchard wrote of the first volume that ‘Judging from this first example, it’s going to be a journey as revelatory as her exploration of all the major keyboard works of Bach’.

Here Angela Hewitt is joined by her compatriot National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and frequent collaborator Hannu Lintu for sparklingly stylish renditions of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 22 and 24.

Both of these works were written between December 1785 and March 1786. For the first time in a piano concerto orchestration, in No 22 he uses clarinets—an instrument that became a regular member of orchestras only in the 1780s. No 24 is a dark and passionate work, made more striking by its classical restraint, and the final movement, a set of variations, is commonly called ‘sublime’.

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