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Mozart – Masonic Works

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Catalogue numberBIS-2294 SACD
Release date2018-02-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time73:52

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 ‘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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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K623 12:35
01 Allegro (Choir; Soloists: Tenor I & II, Bass) – Recitative
03:15 $ 0.78 USD
02 Aria (Tenor) – Recitative (Tenor & Bass) 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
03 Duet (Tenor & Bass) 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
04 Allegro (Choir; Soloists: Tenor I & II, Bass) 01:46 $ 0.42 USD
05 Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, K619 06:49 $ 1.64 USD
06 Der Maurerfreude, K 471 06:35 $ 1.58 USD
07 Lied zur Gesellenreise, K 468 03:15 $ 0.78 USD
08 Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge, K 148 05:03 $ 1.21 USD
  Thamos, König in Ägypten, K345 19:45
09 No. 2. Maestoso – Allegro 07:00 $ 1.68 USD
10 No. 3. Andante 06:09 $ 1.48 USD
11 No. 4. Allegro – Allegretto – Andante… 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
12 No. 5. Allegro vivace assai 03:45 $ 0.90 USD
13 Dir, Seele des Weltalls, K 429 (468a) 09:44 $ 2.34 USD
14 Ihr unsre neuen Leiter, K484 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
15 Zerfliesset heut’, geliebte Brüder, K483 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
16 Meistermusik (Reconstruction of Maurerische Trauermusik,
04:34 $ 1.10 USD
  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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