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Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 / Alessio Allegrini

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K. 412/514 (K. 386b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K. 417
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K. 447
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K. 495

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K. 412/514 (K. 386b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K. 417
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K. 447
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K. 495
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Extending Claudio Abbado's 75th birthday celebrations into 2009, Deutsche Grammophon releases his first recording of the Mozart Horn Concertos. This is the first album of a projected three album Mozart project encompassing works for bassoon, clarinet, harp, and flute. Featuring virtuoso hornist Alessio Allegrini with the Orchestra Mozart, Abbado numbers Allegrini, for many years solo horn player of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, one of his preferred exponents of this difficult instrument.

Extending Claudio Abbado's 75th birthday celebrations into 2009, Deutsche Grammophon releases his first recording of the Mozart Horn Concertos. This is the first album of a projected three album Mozart project encompassing works for bassoon, clarinet, harp, and flute. Featuring virtuoso hornist Alessio Allegrini with the Orchestra Mozart, Abbado numbers Allegrini, for many years solo horn player of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, one of his preferred exponents of this difficult instrument.

"In tune with Claudio Abbado’s bracing “new-old” approach to Mozart — sparing use of string vibrato, astringent, wind-dominated textures — Allegrini’s slightly rougher-edged way with this famous music could hardly be less like Brain’s suave cantabile. Especially in the “hunting call” allegro finales, the two Italians bring a rude, rollicking alfresco quality" -The Sunday Times

"[Allegrini] is certainly a suave instrumentalist, while once again Abbado conducts with a wonderfully light touch. The orchestra and Allegrini all play modern instruments, but there's a period sensibility about the way the textures are balanced and the phrasing shaped." -The Guardian

"[Allegrini's] tone is full but flexible, sustained but lyrical, and he manages to impart a certain wistfulness to even the jolliest rondos...The orchestra...throughout, is a model of sophistication." -The Observer

"Allegrini’s [sound] is a marvel – mellifluous, supple and ripe...Fluency and expressive grace are equal partners here. Abbado is ever-ready with a pertinent orchestral comment, an apt emphasis or a perfectly tailored phrase. Allegrini radiates the music’s joy, lyrical allure and poise...A hugely enjoyable disc." -The Daily Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 2005-06-??&2006-02-??&2007-.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K. 412/514 (K. 386b)
  • Performer: Alessio Allegrini (Horn)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K. 417
  • Performer: Alessio Allegrini (Horn)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K. 447
  • Performer: Alessio Allegrini (Horn)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 14 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K. 495
  • Performer: Alessio Allegrini (Horn)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786