Mozart & Beethoven: Wind Octets

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Tracklist

1.
Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, KV. 388: I. Allegro
08:29
2.
Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, KV. 388: II. Andante
03:57
3.
Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, KV. 388: III. Menuet
04:01
4.
Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, KV. 388: IV: Allegro
06:31
5.
Beethoven: Rondino in E Flat Major, WoO 25
06:07
6.
Beethoven: Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 103: I. Allegro
07:41
7.
Beethoven: Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 103: II. Andante
06:50
8.
Beethoven: Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 103: III. Menuetto
03:24
9.
Beethoven: Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 103: IV. Finale - Presto
03:44

Description

This is the first recording on Channel Classics with the Italian based MIB Ensemble. Comprising the best players from the top orchestras of Italy, these musicians felt the need to create their own ensemble to fill the gap in repertoire and concert possibilities for wind instruments.

The two major early composers having written for winds would indeed be Mozart and Beethoven. So there is no better fitting pieces than the two octets combined with the Rondino of Beethoven. Though considered ‘Tafelmusik’ – music for special occasions, “street music”, the Mozart Serenade first movement is anything but street music. No friendly and polite little piece of entertainment, but a serious, sometimes threatening eight-part wind music full of chromaticism, dramatic leaps and definitely unfestive dissonances. The Octet of Beethoven also has the classical 4 movement structure but he wrote the piece as an official concert piece.

MIB Wind Ensemble

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This is an admirable performance of this coupling.

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