Mozart Variations: A Windham Hill Collection

Mozart Variations: A Windham Hill Collection

     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Valley
UPC:
0618322101222
catalogNumber:
21012
Rank:
97792

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Higbie   Piano
Michael Manring   Bass,Piano
Liz Story   Piano
Andrew York   Soloist
Jeff Linsky   Guitar
Turtle Island String Quartet   String Quartet
William Coulter   Guitar
Benjamin Verdery   Guitar
Steve Cardenas   Steel String
Ruth Davies   Bass
Lars Johannesson   Flute
Mike Marshall   Guitar,Mandolin
Paul McCandless   English Horn,Keyboards
Irene Sazer   Violin
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Kaila Flexer   Violin
Dennis Murphy   Bass
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet   Ensemble
Todd Denman   uillean pipes
John Lee Sanders   Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone
Rick Walker   Djembe
Michael Schiefel   Voices
Robert Ward   French Horn
Flute Force Inc.   Ensemble
Alexandra Goodell   Bass
Irina Michailova   Vocals
Free Klassik   Ensemble
Daryl Silbermann   Violin

Technical Credits

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer,Original Material
Michael Manring   Composer
Liz Story   Arranger
Andrew York   Composer
William Coulter   Arranger,Engineering
Benjamin Verdery   Composer
Wolfgang Loos   Arranger,Producer,Engineering
Cookie Marenco   Engineering
Mike Marshall   Arranger,Mandolin Arrangement,Engineering
Paul McCandless   Arranger
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Tony Mills   Engineering
Danny Seidenberg   Arranger
John Strother   Engineering
Justin Mayer   Engineering
Rie Schmidt   Arranger
Todd Denman   Arranger,Whistle
Bruce Tambling   Engineering
Adam Blackburn   Recording Assistant
John Lee Sanders   Arranger
Erich Kory   Arranger
Paul Verna   Engineering
Lane Gibson   Engineer
Charles Eller   Engineer
Michael Schiefel   Arranger
Ryan Leveille   Arranger
Bruc Kapan   Engineering
Carl Cedar   Creative Inspiration
Yury Bajgrowicz   Recording Assistant
Kent Clark   Engineering
Jeff Salzman   Engineer
Daryl Silbermann   Arranger

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