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Mozart: Serenades & Divertimen

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Audio CD, CD, 28 June 2011

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During the 18th century it was common for noblemen to employ numbers of musicians to entertain themselves and their guests, and to add dignity and colour to occasions of Church and State. Music was frequently written to form a pleasant background to dinners and parties. Serious or complex music would clearly have been inappropriate for gatherings of this kind; it was the task of the composer to amuse the guests without overstepping his function and distracting them from the more important business of eating, drinking and making merry. In these circumstances much music was produced which deserved no more than to be talked through; but composers of the ability of Mozart and Haydn responded with light music of a higher quality. The titles Divertimento, Cassation, Serenade and Notturno all refer to pieces of this kind. Elements of the old dances - allemande, courante, sarabande and so on - had fallen from favour, but the minuet was used a good deal and the style gallant was much in evidence. Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields' recording of Mozart's most popular serenade - the ubiquitous Eine kleine Nachtmusik - made for Argo in 1970 has never been out of the catalogue, but the other works on this compilation, equally compelling, magically performed, have not, as often, seen the light of day on CD. Such is the case with the brief issue in Decca's 'World Of.' series of the extended Divertimento KV 334 and the haunting Notturno for four orchestras, deploying extraordinary echo effects. These are complemented on this anthology with the Serenata Notturna, the three early Divertimenti KV 136-138, and the little-known but breezy Concertone opening the collection. Composers: Mozart. Performers: Iona Brown (violin), Kenneth Heath (cello), Carmel Kaine (violin), Tess Miller (oboe). Orchestras: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Conductors: Sir Neville Marriner.

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  • Product dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.3 x 12.4 x 0.61 cm; 113.97 Grams
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ LHUJW
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ 028948047222
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2011
  • Label ‏ : ‎ LHUJW
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00549I47I
  • Country of origin ‏ : ‎ Australia
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars かけがえのないディスク
Reviewed in Japan on 24 September 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars 緻密でうまい、けど・・・
Reviewed in Japan on 4 January 2012
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David Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Marriner's very best Mozart, in excellent vintage Argo/Decca sound
Reviewed in the United States on 21 March 2016
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Jon Miller ('Kirk')
4.0 out of 5 stars A small chamber orchestra reaps a benefit
Reviewed in the United States on 8 February 2013
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Harry Sillen
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, let down by transfer to CD
Reviewed in the United States on 13 July 2014
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