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Mozart: Davide Penitente, K469

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: Davide Penitente, K469

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Davide penitente, K469 (a). Adagio and Fugue, K546 (a) Christiane Karg sop (a) Marlanne Crebassa mez (a) Stanislas de Barbeyrac ten (a) Salzburg Bach Choir; Les Musiciens du Louvre / Marc Minkowski

C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 731608; (F) [BR] 731704 (73' * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM5.1 & PCM stereo * 0)

(a) Recorded live at the Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, January 2015


Well. I'm not sure whether I should be reviewing this unusual DVD for Gramophone or for Horse & Hound. In 1785 Mozart was commissioned to compose a piece for a Viennese charity. Pressed for time, he adapted the Kyrie and Gloria of his unfinished Mass in C minor, K427, to an Italian text possibly written by da Ponte; the only new music consisted of two arias and an accompanied 'cadenza' towards the end. The cantata was performed in the Burgtheater on March 13 and 15. The soloists included Caterina Cavalieri and Valentin Adamberger, who had taken part in the first performances of Die Entfuhrung three years earlier: the Allegro of'Tra l'oscure' is another concession to Cavalieri's 'flexible throat' (Mozart's words), and 'A te, fra tanto affanni' is first cousin to Belmonte's 'Wenn der Freude Tranen fliessen'. …

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