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Hommage à Mozart

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata in D major, KV 448
>Baumeister, Mick : Ballade about Mozart, for ensemble
>Beirach, Richie : Fantasy on a Theme from Mozart Piano Concerto KV 488
>Liszt, Franz : Reminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart
>Baumeister, Mick : Vicious Circle, for ensemble
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, K 19d
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2010 release. The main repertoire of Ars Musici is spiritual music filled up with high class classical and special interest recordings.

"After the opening flourishes and charming interludes of the first movement of Mozart's mature Sonata K. 448 for 2 Pianos, played with energy and precision by Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, the recital send in a quartet of improvisatory pieces by contemporary jazz masters Mick Baumeister (out of Berlin) and Richie Beirach (jazz pianist out of New York), and Franz Liszt (out of the past). The coolest jazz is Baumeister's 14-minute "Vicious Circle." The zaniest Mozartian liberties are taken compliments of Liszt.

The recital ends with (almost) a return to sanity in the form of Mozart's very early 4-hand Sonata K. 19d, composed by the 9-year old Mozart in May 1765. It is like much of the young Mozart, charming, heavily influenced by the galant style represented by JC Bach, and already with a superb sense of theater. I say "almost" because as they get deeper into Wolfgang's music the brothers Stenzl add some "jazzy" twists and elaborations that would definitely represent edgy in Wolfgang's head. All in all, it's a surprisingly mind-bending excursion into what we think Mozart sounds like.

Recorded in the studios of the Southwest German Radio in Stuttgart, the sound is quite lovely and takes volume exceptionally well."-audaud.com

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata in D major, KV 448 :: 1. Allegro con spirito
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Baumeister, Mick : Ballade about Mozart, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Modern Jazz Duo
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.

>Beirach, Richie : Fantasy on a Theme from Mozart Piano Concerto KV 488 :: Adagio
  • Ensemble: Modern Jazz Duo
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart :: Don Giovanni), S. 656 (LW C26)
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1843

>Baumeister, Mick : Vicious Circle, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Modern Jazz Duo
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, K 19d
  • Notes: Funkstudio SWR Stuttgart (07/10/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1765