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Mozart - Masonic Works

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Mario Borgioni
John Heuzenroeder
Willi Kronenberg
Alexander Puliaev
Die Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2294 SACD
EAN 7318599922942
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2018
Total time 73'52



Following their 11-disc cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos recorded with Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie and Michael Alexander Willens in 2017 released a disc with two of Mozart’s best-loved serenades: the Posthorn Serenade and Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The result was warmly&&& received, for instance in the French magazine Classica where it was described as ‘a truly attractive disc to chase away the gloom’ and on MusicWeb-International.com: ‘Die Kölner Akademie … demonstrate once again that they are amongst the best groups in the world of period performance’.

Joined by the tenor John Heuzenroeder and the male voices of the Kölner Akademie Choir, the team has now recorded the music that Mozart wrote for performance at Masonic gatherings. Mozart was himself a Mason during the last seven years of his life, and composed a number of songs and cantatas for various occasions. Best-known is probably the Masonic Funeral Music, K 477, heard here in a version – ‘Meistermusik’ – devised by the Mozart scholar Philippe Autexier in an attempt to reconstruct the original performance of the piece. Also included are the four orchestral interludes to the play Thamos, König in Ägypten, fine examples of Mozart’s music in the ‘Sturm und Drang’ tradition. Thamos was written by the poet and Mason Tobias von Gebler, and parallels have frequently been drawn between it and the more overtly Masonic Magic Flute.
 
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K623 12'35
01 Allegro (Choir; Soloists: Tenor I & II, Bass) – Recitative (Tenor) 3'15
02 Aria (Tenor) – Recitative (Tenor & Bass) 4'24
03 Duet (Tenor & Bass) 3'10
04 Allegro (Choir; Soloists: Tenor I & II, Bass) 1'46
 
05 Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, K619 6'49
 
06 Der Maurerfreude, K 471 6'35
 
07 Lied zur Gesellenreise, K 468 3'15
 
08 Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge, K 148 5'03
 
  Thamos, König in Ägypten, K345 19'45
09 No. 2. Maestoso – Allegro 7'00
10 No. 3. Andante 6'09
11 No. 4. Allegro – Allegretto – Andante… 2'51
12 No. 5. Allegro vivace assai 3'45
 
13 Dir, Seele des Weltalls, K 429 (468a) 9'44
 
14 Ihr unsre neuen Leiter, K484 3'13
 
15 Zerfliesset heut’, geliebte Brüder, K483 2'13
 
16 Meistermusik (Reconstruction of Maurerische Trauermusik, K477) 4'34
 
  Album total 73'52
TenorHeuzenroeder, John
BassBorgioni, Mario
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander
FortepianoPuliaev, Alexander
OrganKronenberg, Willi
Male choirKölner Akademie, Die

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