Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

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Wiener Klassik: The Unusual Instrumentation

Wiener Klassik: The Unusual Instrumentation

Mozart and Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Winds


Beethoven:

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452


Die Freitags Akademie

The premiere of Mozart’s Quintet for piano and winds must of been a shock and at the same time a delight for the audience of the 18th century. The immense richness of colors and sounds were entirely unusual. Mozart had been searching for new challenges and was rewarded. After the premier on April 1st, 1784 Mozart wrote to his father: "... had a very great success ... I myself consider it to be the best work I have ever written in my life." Mozart celebrated one of the greatest triumphs of his career. The near-orchestral rich sonorities, the masterful harmony, the continuing and vigorous dialogue of the oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon with the piano was heard for the first time. Only thirteen years later Beethoven started to work with this unusual instrumentation and tonal colors. His quintet for piano and winds was also premiered in Vienna on April 6, 1797. Beethoven created with the minimal instrumentation a fascinating sound art of simple things, a composition which was prophetic of his later symphonic works. Under the group name “Die Freitagsakademie“ Katharina Suske has gathered some of the finest international artists: Edoardo Torbianelli (fortepiano),

Katharina Suske (oboe), Pierre-André Taillard (clarinet), Lyndon Watts (bassoon) and Olivier Darbellay (horn). These five musicians, each with their own unique character, blend together and reciprocally influence each other to create a single flowing sound body and impresses with their entirely new, dynamic interpretation.

“These performances by the Swiss period-instrument ensemble Die Freitagsakademie are so full of character and incident that one can almost overlook the disc’s short playing time…[this recording] offers musical riches to rival the very best, and should delight even those listeners who normally shy away from period instruments” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Mozart: Chamber Music

Mozart: Chamber Music


Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

András Schiff (piano), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Elmar Schmid (clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (bassoon) & Klaus Thunemann (horn)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet


The Piano Quartets are like heavenly twins, alike on the outside but very different in tone. The G minor, like all Mozart’s works in that key, is intense, introspective and even tragic in places. The E flat is extrovert, bracing, brilliant and straightforwardly pleasurable. The present performances feature what, at first glance, is a strange match between a pianist who made his name in Hollywood and members of a quartet drawn from the archetypal central European orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic. But there was always more to André Previn than his connection with the movies implied. Born in Berlin in 1929, he already had studies in his home city and Paris behind him when he emigrated to America with his family in 1939; and it was as a brilliant prodigy that he went to Hollywood in his late teens. His work in films gave him an all-round grounding in practical musicianship and he was always a sought-after pianist in both jazz and classical circles.

The quintet in E flat, KV 452, could hardly be more different from the piano quartets. For one thing, it involves Mozart’s four favourite wind instruments, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon – he affected not to like the flute, although he wrote well enough for it. And even though a piano is involved, Mozart’s instincts for the qualities of individual instruments tell him that he has to let the winds express their idiosyncratic characters, sometimes keeping the piano out of their way. All four winds have their distinctive solos and, where possible, Mozart combines them in differing combinations against the piano. It can be a difficult work to balance but the problem is triumphantly surmounted in this recording, made in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, where the Busch, Konzerthaus and Alban Berg Quartets used to hold sway. The sessions were overseen by the legendary Decca producer Christopher Raeburn, a Mozartian to his fingertips. The great Hungarian pianist András Schiff (born 1953) was joined by four illustrious wind soloists: Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger (born 1939); his compatriot clarinettist Elmar Schmid (born 1947); Croatian horn player Radovan Vlatkovic (born 1962); and German bassoonist Klaus Thünemann (born 1937).

“Schiff and colleagues play the enchanting K452 Quintet, and André Previn impresses in the Quartets, shaping phrases with a velvet touch that tells even in the recessed piano image.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“On the surface (and only on the surface) these performances are similar to the slick, cool readings recorded by George Szell and members of the Budapest Quartet. André Previn may not yet be in Szell's league as a conductor, but here he proves himself an equally stylish and considerably more sensitive pianist. Previn's tone is purer and more finely controlled, and he is a much more intelligent ensemble player, knowing (as Szell seemed not to) how to blend with his colleagues and step out of the spotlight when the music so demands. […] These are exemplary readings, and the string players acquit themselves admirably […] Rich, close sound and flawless surfaces contribute to making this a most welcome release” Fanfare, December 1982 (Piano Quartets)

“The wind players are excellent and blend well, while the overall ensemble displays a fine unity. The balance places the piano more backwardly than usual, but no detail of Schiff’s playing is lost.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1995 (Quintet)

“I have nothing but praise for the Decca recording and the way it achieves a just and highly satisfactory balance between the piano and the strings” Gramophone Magazine, March 1982 (Piano Quartets)

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Mozart: Idomeneo Excerpts, Piano Concerto No. 23 and Piano & Wind Quintet

Mozart: Idomeneo Excerpts, Piano Concerto No. 23 and Piano & Wind Quintet


Mozart:

Idomeneo, K366: Overture

Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K367

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Michael Houstoun (piano)

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Michael Houstoun (piano)


Exciting live Michael Houstoun/Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performances coupled with an exquisite rarity, the Mozart quintet for Piano and Winds. This CD programme celebrating the music of Mozart brings Michael Houstoun and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra together under the baton of the acclaimed conductor, Roy Goodman.

Michael Houstoun’s international success includes performing and studying under Rudolf Serkin. Roy Goodman has impeccable credentials which include being the founder of the Brandenburg Consort, The Parley of Instruments and the principal conductor of the Hanover Band. Although perhaps the pinnacle of his career must be as a chorister with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, performing as the ‘high C’ soloist in Allegri’s Miserere, recorded by Decca in 1963!

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Mozart: Horn Music

Mozart: Horn Music


Mozart:

Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Se il padre perdei (from Idomeneo)

Sheila Armstrong (soprano)

English Chamber Orchestra

Fragment in E flat major, K370b

Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Rondo for Horn & Orchestra in E flat major, K371

Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Fragment in D major, K514

Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Fragment in E, K494a

Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Derek Wickens (oboe), Robert Hill (clarinet), Martin Gatt (bassoon) & Barry Tuckwell (horn)

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

Barry Tuckwell (horn), Kenneth Sillito (violin), Kenneth Essex, Ian Jewel (violas) & Kenneth Harvey (cello)

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Derek Wickens (oboe), Robert Hill (clarinet), Martin Gatt (bassoon), Barry Tuckwell (horn) & John Ogdon (piano)

plus:

Three Duets for two horns in E flat major, KV 487

Barry Tuckwell, horn I & II


Barry Tuckwell and Mozart are synonymous. He recorded the composer’s works several times during his horn-playing career, beginning with the Horn Concertos recorded with Peter Maag. In July 1983 he recorded them again, directing the English Chamber Orchestra from the horn. The sessions extended to include many of Mozart’s chamber works with horn – the Horn Quintet, the Quintet for Piano and Winds, as well as three of the Duets for Two Horns. Fragments from horn concertos were also recorded, as was the Sinfonia Concertante for winds. In all, nearly two hours and forty minutes of Mozart’s music for horn, performed by one of the greatest living exponents of this music.

“… a worthy tribute to one of the great horn players of our time” Gramophone Magazine

“This is a double celebration: of Mozart and of Barry Tuckwell’s artistry … A superlative box.” Hi-Fi News

“Beautifully engineered recordings, featuring all of Mozart's concertante and chamber horn music in virtuoso performances that radiate an affectionate inner glow.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

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Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 & Quintet K452

Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 & Quintet K452


Mozart:

Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Colin Horsley (piano)

Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble


“self-recommending. Boyd Neel once said that Dennis was the finest Mozart player on any instrument.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

EMI Masters - 6783282

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The Artistry of Dennis Brain

The Artistry of Dennis Brain


Beethoven:

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

with Denis Matthews (piano)

Dittersdorf:

Partita in D major: 4th movement - Minuet and Trio

ed. Haas

London Baroque Ensemble, Karl Haas

Dukas:

Villanelle

with Gerald Moore (piano)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 31 in D major ‘Horn Signal': Allegro

with Neill Sanders, Edmund Chapman, Alfred Cursue (horns) & Gareth Morris (flute)

Orchestra, Jack Westrup

Mozart:

Divertimento No. 16 In E Flat Major K289 For 2 Oboes, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons

Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

with Colin Horsley

Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble

Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K417

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Mozart, L:

Concerto for hosepipe & strings (third movement)

Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

with Gerald Moore (piano)


The cheapest, most attractively presented and most comprehensive single disc (78 minutes) of Dennis Brain in today’s market.

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Dittersdorf, Dukas and an excerpt from the Hoffnung Music Festival, 1956.

Newly re-mastered.

‘He was innately musical in a way which defies description or analysis. He shaped phrases with an instinctive rightness that seemed inevitable. Technical problems did not exist for him. He had tamed the most notoriously intractable of all instruments to be his obedient servant and raised it again to sing the song the sirens sang.’ Walter Legge

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Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Wind Instruments

Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Wind Instruments


Beethoven:

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

Anthony Halstead (horn)

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble


Robert Levin (fortepiano)

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Decca L'Oiseau Lyre - 4559942

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Mozart & Beethoven - Quintets for Piano & Winds

Mozart & Beethoven - Quintets for Piano & Winds


Beethoven:

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Adagio and Rondo K617 arranged for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon


On this disc one of the world’s finest pianists encounters one of the world’s greatest wind quintets, performing two very special works: Mozart’s and Beethoven’s quintets for piano and winds. The unusual scoring has led these works to be performed less often than they deserve: indeed, in 1784 Mozart wrote about his work to his father Leopold stating ‘I myself consider it to be the best thing I have ever written’. Twelve years later, Beethoven composed his Quintet, which he also arranged for the standard piano quartet combination. Beethoven must have been familiar with Mozart’s work: the choice of the same key and the same formal structure (down to small details) cannot be purely coincidental.

“The combination of Stephen Hough and wind players from the BPO makes for sparkling performances of these two quintets… It is noticeable that the Berlin horn is less plummy than the Viennese, and in the slow movement of the Mozart Hough and his partners take a lighter view than their rivals, highlighting the tenderness. Hough and the Berliners also bring out the stylistic contrasts between Mozart and the youthful Beethoven, who expressly adopted the layout of the Mozart Quintet.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2007

Building a Library

Single Disc Choice - April 2007

BIS - BISCD1552

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Quintets for Piano and Winds

Quintets for Piano and Winds


Beethoven:

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452


Michel Dalberto

Ottetto Italiano

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Beethoven & Mozart: Quintets for Piano and Wind

Beethoven & Mozart: Quintets for Piano and Wind


Beethoven:

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan


Walter Gieseking, Dennis Brain

Philharmonia Wind Quartet

“There have never been any doubts about these performances. The horn playing in the Sinfoniaconcertante is unsurpassable and in the quintets Gieseking's lightness and his clarity and sense of style is simply beyond praise. The tempos are on the slow side in the first movement of the Mozart and the finale of the Beethoven but somehow with Gieseking, slow tempos have a way of seeming to be just about right. Richard Osborne's excellent notes quote a letter from Sidney Sutcliffe of touching modesty. Speaking of their run-through of the Mozart, he says, 'On reaching the Allegro moderato, the great man played two bars at an absolutely perfect tempo and then stopped and asked in the most gentle and hesitant manner, “Will that be all right for you?” So it was a most happy occasion although I found it a grave responsibility matching the artistry of my colleagues when Bernard [Walton], Cecil [James] and Dennis [Brain] were producing sounds of breath-taking beauty.' Breathtaking is the right word for all concerned here on one of the great chamber music records of the LP era. Considerable pains have been taken with the transfers, which now sound fresh and full bodied. Thoroughly recommended.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

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Testament - SBT1091

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