- Serenade No. 7 for orchestra in D major ("Haffner"), K. 250 (K. 248b)
- Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239
The "Haffner Serenade in D major" was written in 1776 for Marie Elizabeth Haffner's wedding celebration and was commissioned by her brother Sigmund, later the recipient of the "Haffner Symphony." Though this composition has elements of Mozart's symphonic style -- particularly in its dramatic first and last movements, the grand Menuettos, and the sixth movement Andante -- it is cast in eight movements of diverse character and has a casual ambience that belongs to the serenade. The violin solos in the second, third, and fourth movements lend a concertante air to this work, though they have a private quality unlike the bravura displays of the concerto style. Violinist Oldrich Vlcek plays with a sweet, intimate tone, and his warm performance is the most memorable of this disc. The "Serenata Notturna in D major," composed six months before the "Haffner Serenade," is like a concerto grosso in its arrangement, with a string quartet set against the string orchestra. Antiphonal exchanges and the use of pizzicati in contrast to the timpani are the most striking features of this post-prandial entertainment. Sir Charles Mackerras and the Prague Chamber Orchestra play these serenades with an emphasis on charm over drama, and their relaxed performances are graceful and engaging.