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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimenti - Sextets for clarinets, horns & bassoons; Serenade in E flat major / Scottish CO Winds

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  1. Mozart — Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Mozart — Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375: II. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mozart — Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mozart — Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375: IV. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mozart — Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375: V. Finale. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Ia. Thema mit Variationen $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Ib. Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Ic. Variation 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Id. Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Ie. Variation 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: If. Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: Ig. Variation 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: II. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mozart — Divertimento in F Major, K. 253: III. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 270: I. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 270: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 270: III. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 270: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mozart — Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 252: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mozart — Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 252: II. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mozart — Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 252: III. Polonaise $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mozart — Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 252: IV. Presto assai $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 240: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 240: II. Andante grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 240: III. Menuetto e trio $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mozart — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 240: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 11 for winds in E flat major, K. 375
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 13 for 2 oboes, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in F major, K. 253
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns no 14 in B flat major, K 270
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 12 for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons & 2 horns in E flat major, K. 252 (K. 240a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 9 for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons & 2 horns in B flat major, K. 240
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of performances and recordings of Weber's Wind Concertos with SCO principals as soloists, the SCO Wind Soloists that feature on this album have since 2012 started to explore Harmoniemusik repertoire. Inspired by the legacy of the great Mozartian conductors of the SCO including Sir Charles Mackerras, the Wind Soloists make a fine contribution to the SCO's distinguished Mozart discography. This new recording includes four of the five Tafelmusik sextets for pairs of clarinets, horns and bassoons, together with the Serenade in E flat major, the first of Mozart's three great wind serenades. The Serenade in E flat major has many unusual features. Its opening fanfare - a series of repeated chords on the tonic in E flat - immediately catches the ear. The fact that Mozart avoids fatiguing the listener with a surfeit of the same sonorities, in music with a necessarily limited dynamic and instrumental range, bears eloquent testimony to his genius.This recording captures the wealth of detail in Mozart's Divertimenti; there is something in each of them for every music lover. Comprising pairs of clarinet, bassoons and natural horns, the players are dedicated to performing each work in a stylish and informed way, from the masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Weber to twentieth-century works and contemporary commissions. The SCO Wind Soloists are: Maximiliano Martín clarinet, William Stafford clarinet, Peter Whelan bassoon, Alison Green bassoon, Alec Frank-Gemmill horn, Harry Johnstone horn. The SCO Wind Soloists have appeared in chamber concerts throughout Scotland. They have also performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the presence of HRH The Prince Charles.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2015
Like all the best ensembles in this music, they strike a nice balance between chamber-musical refinement and rustic earthiness...The rare example of Mozart polonaise in K252 goes with a jaunty swagger...while the lusty contredanse finales exude an impish glee. I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.

The Guardian, 5th February 2015
These performances pick up on every morsel of wit and ingenuity in the wind writing, and never forget that the purpose of this music was to entertain.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
By skilfully modulating their tone between the smooth and the raucous, the two clarinettists here contrive to minimise the absence of oboe timbre in what proves a lively and nicely nuanced reading...these are exuberant performances, recorded with real presence.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The concert is well played, full of the elegance, wit, and zest that conjures the mystique of a bygone era. Fingers are easy and effortless, articulated passages sparkle, and teamwork is generally excellent. Still, the performers have a good time, and the casual listener will, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgo (04/05/2014-04/07/2014).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 11 for winds in E flat major, K. 375
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists (Wind Sol
  • Notes: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (04/05/2014-04/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 13 for 2 oboes, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in F major, K. 253
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists (Wind Sol
  • Notes: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (04/05/2014-04/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns no 14 in B flat major, K 270
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists (Wind Sol
  • Notes: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (04/05/2014-04/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 12 for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons & 2 horns in E flat major, K. 252 (K. 240a)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists (Wind Sol
  • Notes: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (04/05/2014-04/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento no 9 for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons & 2 horns in B flat major, K. 240
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists (Wind Sol
  • Notes: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (04/05/2014-04/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1776