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Mozart: Three Salzburg Symphonies, Nos. 21, 27, 34 / Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 21 in A major, K 134
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 27 in G major, K 199 (161b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Minuet in C major, K 409 (383f)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mozart spent two thirds of his life in Salzburg - apart from the numerous tours that he undertook from a very early age - and during those years composed some 470 of the 626 works listed in the Köchel catalogue. Nevertheless, with the exception of a small number of works, the music that we revere him for today largely comes from the last period of his career, the decade following his move to Vienna in 1781. Of the around fifty symphonies that we now know he composed, 45 were written before he left Salzburg, many as entertainment for the court of his employer, the Prince-Archbishop. The Symphonies in A major, K134 (August 1772) and in G major, K199 (April 1773) are good examples: brilliantly written, witty and effective with numerous typically Mozartian features. They are joined here by the last symphony that Mozart wrote while still in Salzburg, the Symphony in C major, K338. We know that it was completed in August 1780, but there is no documented performance until April 1781, by which time Mozart had already settled in Vienna. K 338 was originally supplied with a minuet, but this was later removed from the manuscript score, except for its first page, and has been lost. Manfred Huss has therefore chosen to perform another minuet, Menuetto K409 (probably composed in 1782), in its place. He and his Haydn Sinfonietta Wien appear on 11 previous titles in the BIS catalogue, including a number of albums dedicated to rarities by Haydn. But their first BIS release was in fact another Mozart disc (BIS-1618), with the concertos for two and three pianos, which earned the ensemble critical acclaim: 'never less than lustrous' (International Record Review) and 'idiomatic and alert' (Classica-Répertoire).

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Manfred Huss's ear for detail and the crack playing of the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien mean that this entertainment music is treated with utmost respect, resulting in fizzing performances that are truly worth hearing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brucknerhaus Linz, Groáer Saal (02/2006); Schloss Reichenau, Reichenau an der Rax, Austria (02/2006); Brucknerhaus Linz, Groáer Saal (04/2015); Schloss Reichenau, Reichenau an der Rax, Austria (04/2015).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 21 in A major, K 134
  • Conductor: Manfred Huss
  • Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
  • Notes: Composition written: 1772.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 27 in G major, K 199 (161b)
  • Conductor: Manfred Huss
  • Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
  • Notes: Composition written: 1773.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1773

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
  • Conductor: Manfred Huss
  • Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
  • Running Time: 21 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1780

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Minuet in C major, K 409 (383f)
  • Conductor: Manfred Huss
  • Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
  • Conductor: Manfred Huss
  • Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
  • Running Time: 21 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1780