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A Windham Hill Collection: The Mozart Variations

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute
>     'So must we two forever part?'
>     The Bird Catcher's Song (Der Vogelsanger)
>York, Andrew : Variations (4) on 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' (after Mozart)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40
>     Theme
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Minuet for Piano in D major, K 355 (576b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass in C minor
>     Et in incarnatus est
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23
>     Adagio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
>     Allegro
>Verdery, Ben : Adagio (after Mozart), for guitar
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Manring, Michael : Allegretto (after Mozart)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata in F (K.332)
>     Andante
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 'Dissonant' Quartet in C (K. 465)
>     Adagio

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute
>York, Andrew : Variations (4) on 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' (after Mozart)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Minuet for Piano in D major, K 355 (576b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass in C minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
>Verdery, Ben : Adagio (after Mozart), for guitar
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Manring, Michael : Allegretto (after Mozart)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata in F (K.332)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 'Dissonant' Quartet in C (K. 465)
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Notes & Reviews:

Originally released in 1999, this album consists of performances by various artists from the stable of the Windham Hill label. They were recorded in different places and are entirely different in style, but the album was apparently an original release, not a compilation of selections from other albums. If your experience with Windham Hill is restricted to the label's 1980s new age piano albums (a category Windham Hill performers now strenuously reject), you may be surprised by the variety here, although the contribution by pianist Liz Story evokes that era. You may also feel that the program is a bit of a grab bag, but the album isn't dull. Despite the presence of vocal melodies, all the music is instrumental. Some of the selections, such as the mandolin group led by bluegrass mandolinist Mike Marshall on "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," K. 525, present Mozart's music straightforwardly, whereas in the smooth jazz treatment of the Incarnatus from the Mass in C minor, K. 427, you might be hard pressed to pick it out if you didn't already know it was coming. That's one of several tracks using a small vocalise choir, an extremely odd effect. The solo guitar selections, such as the unidentified Adagio (it is the Adagio in B minor for piano, K. 540) on track 9, are of a kind familiar from many guitar recitals, while the chamber arrangement of the Symphony No. 40 in G minor opening movement, accompanied with a djembe (track 3), arranged by guitarist William Coulter, is entirely novel. Most of the music has the characteristic mellow flavor associated with Windham Hill, but the texture curveballs keep on coming, and the sheer simple originality of some of the pieces will break through to even the skeptical listener. Try not to smile at the flute-and-panpipe arrangement of "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" from Die Zauberflöte (track 10). It's all an odd mixture, but one that may appeal to an audience beyond the label's existing circle of fans.~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute :: 'So must we two forever part?'
  • Performers: Daryl Silbermann (Violin); Barbara Higbie (Piano); Daniel Seidenberg (Viola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>York, Andrew : Variations (4) on 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' (after Mozart)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 :: Theme
  • Performers: Todd Denman (Whistle); Rick Walker (Djembe); William Coulter (Guitar); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Minuet for Piano in D major, K 355 (576b)
  • Performer: Liz Story (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass in C minor :: Et in incarnatus est
  • Performers: Irene Sazer (Violin); Jeff Linsky (Guitar); Irina Michailova (Voice); John Sanders (Piano); John Sanders (Saxophone); John Sanders (Keyboards)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 :: Adagio
  • Ensemble: Free Klassik
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' :: Allegro
  • Performer: Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Verdery, Ben : Adagio (after Mozart), for guitar
  • Performer: Ben Verdery (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute :: The Bird Catcher's Song (Der Vogelsanger)
  • Ensemble: Flute Force Inc.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Performers: Robert Ward (French Horn); Paul McCandless (Keyboards); Paul McCandless (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Manring, Michael : Allegretto (after Mozart)
  • Performer: Michael Manring (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata in F (K.332) :: Andante
  • Performers: Kaila Flexer (Violin); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 'Dissonant' Quartet in C (K. 465) :: Adagio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785