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Serenade No 11 in E flat major, K375
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'Mozart: Wind Serenades' (CDA66887)
Mozart: Wind Serenades
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Movement 1: Allegro maestoso
Track 2 on CDA66887 [7'18] Archive Service
Movement 2: Menuetto I
Track 3 on CDA66887 [4'20] Archive Service
Movement 3: Adagio
Track 4 on CDA66887 [5'33] Archive Service
Movement 4: Menuetto II
Track 5 on CDA66887 [3'17] Archive Service
Movement 5: Allegro
Track 6 on CDA66887 [3'38] Archive Service

Serenade No 11 in E flat major, K375
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The E flat Serenade was a subject of second thoughts. The first version was for pairs of clarinets, horns, and bassoons, but within a short while the Viennese court established a wind octet which added oboes to this line-up. In desperate haste (as the autograph manuscript reveals) Mozart rewrote the work, introducing structural changes and skilfully integrating oboes into the score. Doubtless he was anxious to display his abilities to the emperor in the (vain) hope of a permanent appointment at court, since he had broken off relations with the Archbishop of Salzburg, his supercilious and overbearing former employer.

In overall layout the serenade follows early Haydn examples: a slow movement framed by two minuets, the whole framed by two fast movements. A marching rhythm – a typical Mozart opening – begins the ‘Allegro maestoso’, but untypical elements soon appear, among them the lack of exposition repeat and the short, somewhat vague, development. Stranger still, the second subject is replaced in the recapitulation by a curious episode announced by horn solo. Mozart rarely did anything without good reason, but these departures from convention seem quite unreasonable. A magical quiet coda, however, makes amends.

The two minuets differ one from the other in style. The first opens with a strikingly ceremonial unison, the second with a smooth clarinet solo leading to playful episodes. Their respective trio sections also offer strong contrasts, that of Minuet I displaying a pleasing character with pulsating horns, while pulsating bassoons accompany a kind of country dance as a centrepiece of Minuet II. Between these minuets lies a seductive Adagio which in melody, harmony, and instrumental resource, holds a place amongst Mozart’s finest inspirations. A high-spirited Rondo with virtuoso episodes closes the work. Mozart’s sly wit delays the third statement of the rondo theme for so long that one wonders whether it will ever reappear.

from notes by Robert Dearling © 1996

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Details for CDA66887 track 4
Adagio
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-88704
Duration
5'33
Recording date
16 February 1996
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
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Hyperion usage
  1. Mozart: Wind Serenades (CDA66887)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 1996
    Deletion date: July 2002
    Archive Service
  2. Mozart: Wind Serenades (CDH55092)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 2002
    Deletion date: April 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Superseded by CDA66887
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