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'Harmonie & Turcherie' - works for chamber orchestra by Donizetti, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Spohr, Witt / Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini

Album Summary

>Haydn, Johann Michael : March turchesca for orchstra in C major, MH 601 (P 65)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hob.XX
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail, KV 384
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Concertino for oboe & wind instruments in C major (probably spurious)
>Rossini, Gioachino : The Turk in Italy, Overture
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Sinfonia for winds in G minor
>Donizetti, Giuseppe : Marcia di Mahmoud, for wind band in F major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Overture for wind instruments in C major ("Harmoniemusik"), Op. 24
>Schubert, Franz : Eine kleine Trauermusik, nonet for wind instruments, D. 79
>Spohr, Louis : Notturno for winds & Turkish band in C major, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

Harmonie & Turcherie: around the year 1800, Western music was experiencing a merging of two phenomena. On one hand was the success of a particular ensemble of wind instruments, boosted by the foundation of the royal and imperial Harmonie by Emperor Joseph himself in Vienna in 1782, the core of its repertoire being arrangements of famous opera arias; on the other, the fashion for orientalism, reflected in different expressions of the arts: painting, sculpture, architecture and music. The typical octet of the Harmonie, consisting of pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons, was therefore reinforced by louder wind instruments such as trumpets, trombones, a contrabassoon or a cimbasso, as well as an array of percussion instruments - together, they could evoke the military bands of the highly feared Janissaries. That sound fascinated the most eminent composers of the time, including Haydn (Joseph and his younger brother Michael), Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti (Gaetano and his elder brother Giuseppe, active at the Ottoman court), Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Spohr, all of whom wrote small, little-known masterpieces for this particular band. Zefiro presents us with a varied programme by these composers, alternating Turkish marches with chamber music works in a more operatic and deeper vein, thus revealing the versatility and colours of period wind instruments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015).



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>Haydn, Johann Michael : March turchesca for orchstra in C major, MH 601 (P 65)
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 08/06/1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hob.XX :: 2. Introduzione alla seconda parte, in
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1795-1796

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail, KV 384 :: Marsch der Janitscharen, in do maggiore
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Concertino for oboe & wind instruments in C major (probably spurious)
  • Performer: Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Rossini, Gioachino : The Turk in Italy, Overture
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1814

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Sinfonia for winds in G minor
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816

>Donizetti, Giuseppe : Marcia di Mahmoud, for wind band in F major
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: after 1808

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Overture for wind instruments in C major ("Harmoniemusik"), Op. 24
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 07/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Eine kleine Trauermusik, nonet for wind instruments, D. 79
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/19/1813

>Spohr, Louis : Notturno for winds & Turkish band in C major, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini
  • Ensemble: Zefiro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Dobbiaco, Bolzano, Italy (01/23/2015-01/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815