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Mozart, The Supreme Decorator
An explanation of the glorious music you will hear on this disc is given by Sir Charles Mackerras in the booklet that accompanies the CD.
"As we approach the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, I feel that it is appropriate to look into two aspects of Mozart’s composition which are not usually commented on but which actually give us new insight into the way this great composer’s mind worked. The first will show Mozart ornamenting his own vocal music in order to teach a young singer (with whom he was in love), how he could heighten the expressiveness or the brilliance of an aria by the judicious addition of extra notes, effects and cadenzas. The other aspect of Mozart, which will be shown on this CD, is that of Mozart the Borrower. He was often inspired by another composer’s work and determined to write a composition in similar style. In doing so, he often transformed a quite pleasant and charming original into pure gold, so that it became a work of genius. Mozart particularly admired the music of his somewhat senior contemporary, Johann Christian Bach. In this recording we will show how Mozart’s borrowings from J.C. Bach were turned into some of his most divine inspirations"
Sir Charles Mackerras with his gifted singers Majella Cullagh, Diana Montague and Elizabeth Futral give us the rare opportunity to hear Mozart’s thoughts on decoration.
“Each aria is presented first in its unadorned form, and then in a more intricate version that Mozart tailor-made for the talents of the young soprano Aloysia Weber at the time he was courting her. No less fascinating are the items demonstrating Mozart's borrowings from JC Bach. Mackerras conducts stylishly.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 *****
“As Mackerras convincingly demonstrates, the bravura aria from JC Bach's La clemenza di Scipione - in effect a sinfonia concertante for voice and instruments - was the blueprint for Konstanze's 'Martern aller Arten' in Die Entführung. Futral sings both numbers with spirit and technical aplomb. After this riot of virtuosity the duet 'Ah, perdona' from La clemenza di Tito, tenderly sung by Futral and Montague, makes an envoi of serene beauty. The Hanover Band play crisply and stylishly under Mackerras's alert direction.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005
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Nicholas Stenning (treble), Robert Bottone (piano)
Winchester College Quiristers, Christopher Tolley
Recorded June 2002 at Winchester College Chapel
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