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Mozart - Gran Partita K361 for 13 insts K361,Serenade K388 CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B000I2KJ8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Mozart wrote a huge amount of what can best be described as entertainment" music: music that was not intended to be listened seriously in a concert room, theatre or church, but as an agreeable background to eating, drinking and conversation on celebratory or social occasions, often in the open air. Most of it dates from the earlier part of his career, while he was based in his native city of Salzburg and in the service of its Archbishop, rather than during his years as a freelance musician in Vienna (from 1781until his death in 1791), and it falls into three main categories: music for orchestra, music for chamber groups of about half-a-dozen players, and music for wind ensemble (Harmonie-Musik) Harmonie-Musik, played by wind instruments alone, was practised with great skill in Vienna at the time"-thus Johann Friedrich Reichardt s account of a visit to the capital city of the Dual Monarchy in 1783, contained in his autobiography. Reichardt emphasizes that the Imperial band that he had the pleasure of hearing in the small ballroom of the Hofburg offered "great enjoyment and delectation. Atmosphere, the performance itself - everything was pure and harmonious: several movements by Mozart were also wonderfully played". The "kaiserliche Musik - the Imperial band that Reichardt refers to, did not last long. Emperor Joseph II had created a wind octet in 1782,which was to provide musical entertainment at court and was also responsible for dignified background music on public occasions. The aristocracy soon followed the Emperor's example, and in the briefest space of time Vienna could boast numerous wind ensembles, some permanent and others that met at short notice, consisting of pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns, sometimes even cor anglais. Of course, The kaiserliche Musik was not the first wind band to be established in Vienna: such ensembles had already been in existence for over 200 years, although in earlier times brass instruments, as well as cornets, pommers, crumhorns etc., were preferred. In late 18th century Vienna, though, the term Harmonie was used to denote an ensemble consisting of variable woodwind instruments, normally one of each kind, with horns to amplify the sound. The actual instrumentation of Harmonie Musik, in other words, had altered, but its function remained pretty much the same: the musicians played banqueting music, serenades, participated in official renderings of tribute and other festivities, marked the end of the University semester with a so-called Finalmusik,or played music whose title betrayed the time of day it was performed: a serenade or Nachtmusik.

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Michael Collins further entrenches his place among the first rank of clarinettists with this rather heavenly recording of Mozart Serenades. He leads the London Winds with great sensitivity and, when called for, virtuosic flair. A class act. A classy disc. EDITOR'S CHOICE --Gramophone - JAN 2007

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I know that since an autograph manuscript of Serenade no 10 K361 came to light showing it scored for a double bass, the traditional use of a double bassoon has been somewhat frowned-upon in certain quarters.

BUT, I grew up on versions where the part was played by a double bassoon and I love it! Furthermore, I'm sure the maestro himself would have regarded it as a matter of choice, depending upon the venue, indoors or outdoors, and the players available.

This is a superb performance and using a double bassoon preserves the wonderful homogeneity of the woodwind sound. Get it! You won't be sorry.
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This work has been recorded by a lot of different groups, but the London Winds version here is quite simply outstanding. Recorded without a conductor, with Michael Collins leading from the chair, it sounds free, easy, and quite beautiful.

This is a must for how to play Mozart properly!
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This wonderful piece of music is played by Michael Collins and London Winds and is beautiful. Personally I love the fact that it is with double bassoon as well rather than double bass. Keeps the integrity of the 'winds'.
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I prefer the original scoring using double bass not contra bassoon. Also, although I like it, I do find the performance a bit careful. Striving for perfection can inhibit the freedom and spontaneity of the playing. But that's recording for you - can't ever beat hearing music live!
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Wonderful playing. Each movement is a thoughtful delight.
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