The Four Horn Concertos – Mozart! – Music Monday #24

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This post is the latest edition of Music Monday, a series in which I give you an exclusive look into my ever growing record collection!

Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In today’s post the album I’m going to be talking about is Mozart – The Four Horn Concertos performed by Alan Civil & Philharmonic Orchestra & Serenade No. 12 in C Minor New Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and Otto Klemperer.

I realise that is a long title but that’s what it says on the sleeve so…

As with the Tchaikovsky album I talked about last week I’ve been unable to find any information online about this album so I’m going to give you the information that I can and then just talk generally about Mozart, The Four Horn Concertos and Serenade No. 12 in C Minor!

This compilation was released in 1985 by EMI records so I am surprised that I can’t find it online but anyway…

Mozart was one of the first composers to bring soloists the forefront of an orchestra to be the focal point of the work both visually and musically especially when it came to wind instruments. He wrote concertos for flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

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The Four Horn Concertos were composed between 1782 and 1786 and were written for the Austrian horn player Ignaz Leitgeb who was a member of the Archbishop of Salzburg’s private band and was also a noted soloist in his own right, when he performed in Paris in 1770 he received glowing reviews throughout and was cited as one of the ‘rare virtuosos’ of the period.

In 1777 Mozart met Leitgeb in Vienna and it seems that they formed a solid friendship which was the main inspiration for the pieces that Mozart wrote that have the horn as a prominent feature including the pieces on this album.

Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 1 was written in 1782, Horn Concerto No. 2 was written in 1783, I can’t find the date for Concerto No. 3 or Concerto No.4.

As for Serenade No 12 in C Minor, I have struggled to find any information at all about this piece online except that it was written in July 1782.

Let’s take a look at the track list for this album:

Side One:

Horn Concertos:

  • 1 In D Major, K.412
  • 2 In E Flat Major, K.417
  • 3 In In E Flat Major, K.447

Side Two:

  • 4 In E Flat Major, K.495
  • Serenade No.12 In C Minor, K.388*

I don’t have one favourite track from this album, I find the whole thing to be completely beautiful!

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That’s it for this edition of Music Monday if you’d like to read other editions from this series then please click here to be redirected to the Music Monday section of my blog where you’ll find all of the Music Monday posts I’ve ever written!

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