Mozart in London

Mozart in London

by The Mozartists

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Overview

Mozart and his family spent 15 months in London when the composer was eight years old. In London he wrote his first symphonies and first vocal works, serving major notice to the world. Those have been recorded before and are included here, but what's novel is the inclusion of music by other composers whom Mozart would have heard in London. Many of the works here receive their premiere recordings, and The Mozartists and conductor Ian Page ably sketch the influences they likely had on Mozart. Some of the influences from J.C. Bach have been recognized before, but Page goes more deeply into them: you can hear Mozart's way of assigning expressive meaning to transitional passagework, uncanny already at age eight, in the music of the "London Bach." Sample the "Harpsichord Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 6." Elsewhere, there is English- and Italian-language vocal music by Thomas Arne, Samuel Arnold, Egidio Duni (with a very patter-song-like aria inserted into an opera based on Richardson's novel Pamela), Giovanni Battista Pescetti, William Bates, and Davide Perez, with varying degrees of a Mozartian quality, but all of it essentially unknown and largely worth hearing. The influences run thick in the other orchestral pieces included: a three-movement overture in the manner of Giovanni Battista Sammartini by George Rush, and the "Symphony in E flat major, Op. 7, No. 6," of Carl Friedrich Abel, which manages to contain pre-echoes of the "Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543," and perhaps the "Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 364." The collection is performed on not-overaggressive period instruments, and it would be enjoyable merely as a sketch of the world Mozart experienced in London. And it's even better than that.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2018
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212053423
catalogNumber: 534
Rank: 169152

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K. 16

    1. 1. Molto allegro  (05:39)
    2. 2. Andante  (04:57)
    3. 3. Presto  (01:33)
  2. Judith, oratorio: Sleep, gentle Cherub! Sleep descend

    1. Sleep, gentle Cherub! Sleep descend  (03:01)
  3. Judith, oratorio: O torment great, too great to bear

    1. O torment great, too great to bear  (03:46)
  4. Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts: Amid a thousand racking woes

    1. Amid a thousand racking woes  (04:47)
  5. Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts: O too lovely, too unkind

    1. O too lovely, too unkind  (04:35)
  6. Concerto for harpsichord & strings in D major, Op. 1/6, CW C54 (T. 293/3)

    1. 1. Allegro assai  (04:44)
    2. 2. Andante  (03:31)
    3. 3. Allegro moderato  (02:54)
  7. Non so donde viene, aria for voice & continuo, CW G3/22b (alternative arias for operas, 4 versions): Non so d'onde viene

    1. Non so d'onde viene  (08:26)
  8. Confusa, smarrita, aria for soprano & orchestra (for the pasticcio opera "Berenice"): Confusa, smarrita

    1. Confusa, smarrita  (05:56)
  9. The Guardian Outwitted, opera: O Dolly, I part

    1. O Dolly, I part  (02:35)
  10. To speak my mind of womankind, aria for tenor & orchestra (for the pasticcio opera "The Maid of the Mill")  (01:02)
  11. Hist, hist! I hear my mother call, aria for soprano & orchestra (for the pasticcio opera "The Maid of the Mill")  (01:54)
  12. Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19

    1. 1. Allegro  (02:18)
    2. 2. Andante  (03:55)
    3. 3. Presto  (02:49)
  13. Caro mio bene, addio, aria for soprano & orchestra (for the pasticcio opera "Ezio")  (09:02)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony in F major (fragment), K. Anh. 223 (K. 19a)

    1. 1. Allegro assai  (04:59)
    2. 2. Andante  (04:58)
    3. 3. Presto  (01:29)
  2. Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1): Recitativo accompagnato: Ah, come mi balza il cor

    1. Recitativo accompagnato: Ah, come mi balza il cor  (02:09)
  3. Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1): Aria: Deh lascia, o ciel pietoso

    1. Aria: Deh lascia, o ciel pietoso  (06:22)
  4. Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1): Cara la dolce fiamma

    1. Cara la dolce fiamma  (08:50)
  5. The Capricious Lovers, opera: Overture: 1. Allegro

    1. Overture: 1. Allegro  (02:16)
  6. The Capricious Lovers, opera: Overture: 2. Allegretto

    1. Overture: 2. Allegretto  (00:56)
  7. The Capricious Lovers, opera: Overture: 3. Allegro

    1. Overture: 3. Allegro  (02:06)
  8. The Capricious Lovers, opera: Thus laugh'd at, jilted and betray'd

    1. Thus laugh'd at, jilted and betray'd  (02:37)
  9. Pharnaces, opera: In this I fear my latest breath

    1. In this I fear my latest breath  (02:40)
  10. Va, dal furor portata, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 21 (K. 19c)  (06:14)
  11. Se non ti moro a lato, aria (for the pasticcio opera "Solimano")  (09:28)
  12. Symphony in E flat major, Op. 7/6, WKO 18

    1. 1. Allegro  (03:39)
    2. 2. Andante  (05:28)
    3. 3. Presto  (02:54)

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