Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Two Mozart Masterpieces in Contemporary Transcription: Gran Partita; String Quintet in G Minor. Malcolm Bilson; Zvi Meniker; Abigail Graham; Monica Toth; Laszlo More; Csilla Valyi. Hungaroton HCD 32414, 2006.

This disc presents two rather radical rearrangements of popular works by Mozart--his Serenade in B-flat Major known as the "Gran Partita" (K. 361) and his String Quintet in G Minor (K. 516). Both arrangements date from shortly after Mozart's death. The first, an arrangement of the "Gran Partita" serenade for oboe, violin, viola, cello, and keyboard, is by Christoph Freidrich Gottlieb Schwencke (1767-1822); the second is a four-hand piano setting of the string quintet, and is by Carl David Stegmann (1751-1826). Schwencke's quintet arrangement of the serenade, written after the original was introduced to him by clarinetist Anton Stadler in 1792, is a masterpiece of orchestration, achieving a surprisingly rich and musically faithful evocation of the original thirteen-voice composition. …

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