Mozart: Works For Oboe And Orchestra / Piano (exte

Album cover art for upc 028948617258
Label: DG
Catalog: 4861725
Format: CD

Albrecht Mayer, Fabian Müller, Vital Julian Frey, Daniel Sepec, Nuala McKenna, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

With rave reviews and remarkable success in the German pop and classical charts, Albrecht Mayer - Mozart has already secured a place among this year's outstanding classical albums. Now the oboist has added six new tracks to his Mozart music - recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and harpsichordist Vital Julian Frey. Albrecht Mayer - Mozart - Extended Edition will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on 12 November 2021. Mayer enriches the oboe repertoire with more new Mozart arrangements. "Mozart wrote the most beautiful melodies, many of them for soprano or violin," notes Mayer. "For me, the time had come to have them arranged for oboe ... In a stressful moment, on a stressful day, when any problems are weighing on you, this music can be comforting." Deutsche Grammophon's deluxe edition, a 2-CD digipack, includes arrangements of three arias from The Magic Flute - Tamino's "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön," Pamina's "Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden" and the aria "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" from the Queen of the Night - also the bravura number "Martern aller Arten" from Die Entführung aus dem Serail and "Lungi le cure ingrate" from Davidde penitente, a cantata Mozart wrote in 1785 to raise money for the benefit of musicians' widows and orphans. All five pieces were arranged for oboe or oboe d'amore and piano by Matthias Spindler, who also arranged the Adagio from the Gran Partita K. 361 for oboe, violin, cello and orchestra for the new edition. Mayer is accompanied in the arias by pianist Fabian Müller and in the Adagio by violinist Daniel Sepec, cellist Nuala McKenna and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. After the release of the original album in April of this year, critics unanimously praised Mayer's great artistry in the completed version he commissioned of the Oboe Concerto in F major, which survives only as a fragment, as well as in pieces for solo voice, chorus, flute or violin that have been rearranged for oboe, oboe d'amore or cor anglais. The Wiener Zeitung called the album a "feast for the ears"; Pizzicato was enthusiastic about Mayer's "phenomenal technique, his warm, golden and always pure tone, his virtuosity, his play of color and nuance," and Gramophone summed up, "There are many seductive things here." Within the first week of its release, the album reached #7 in the German pop charts and held the top position in the German classical charts for two months.

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