Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Seranade, K 361, "Gran Partita". Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Classical | 1 CD | XLD | FLAC, LOG, CUE | Scans, Booklet HQ | 224 Mb | TT: 50:52 | RS
Recorded: 1987 DDD | Deutsche Grammophon 423 061-2
The so-called “Gran Partita”—a title written across the work’s first page by a hand other than that of Mozart—was first performed in a four-movement version in a benefit concert for Stadler in 1784. The concert was announced in the Wienerblättchen, which described the serenade as “a great wind piece of a very special kind.” Even though the parts used over two centuries ago by Stadler and his colleagues continued to be pressed into service as the source for various editions of the work, the autograph was sold by Mozart’s widow in 1799 and remained out of sight until 1922, when it was purchased by Jerome Stoneborough, an American physician living in Vienna. It is now housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The members of Orpheus make much from the wonderful score. Their playing is, as always, a model of unanimity, charm, decorum and teamwork. Never is a discouraging note or sour note blown and never is one part dominant over the others. An superb disc.