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Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407
composer
? late 1782

Recordings
'Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works' (CDH55390)
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55390  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: [untitled]
Track 4 on CDH55390 [8'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 5 on CDH55390 [5'47] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Allegro
Track 6 on CDH55390 [3'55] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407
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The horn Quintet, K407, is somewhat unconventional in its scoring for horn, violin, two violas and cello. Mozart may have felt the balance worked better with more lower strings, and it is acknowledged that his string quintets with two violas are among his greatest works. It is also known that the viola was his favourite stringed instrument and the one he chose when playing quartets himself.

As with the Oboe Quartet, it seems that Mozart had a particular player in mind for K407: in this case Joseph Leutgeb, a long-standing friend of the composer and the butt of some of his jokes. In 1777 Leutgeb had moved to Vienna where he carried on his wife’s family’s business as a cheesemonger, combining it with his musical career. He is understood to have retired from playing in 1792, eventually dying in 1811. In addition to K407 Mozart also composed the four horn concertos for Leutgeb and, as in the works for Ramm, the music indicates the artistry of the player concerned. The writing for horn often combines a certain humour with an obvious affection for the instrument and its practitioner. This is evident in the Quintet: the gentle, almost Romantic Andante has some real chamber-music writing and is flanked by lighter-hearted movements in a more concertante style.

The Horn Quintet probably dates from late in 1782, a happy year for Mozart which, in the summer, saw the successful premiere of his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail and, a few weeks later, his wedding to Constanze Weber.

from notes by Sally Odom © 2001

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Details for CDA67277 track 6
Allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-27706
Duration
3'55
Recording date
23 February 2001
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works (CDA67277)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2009
    Superseded by CDH55390
  2. Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works (CDH55390)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: August 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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