Mozart: Grabmusik & Bastien und Bastienne

As far as can be ascertained, this recording presents the first performance of Mozart’s original setting of Bastien und Bastienne since its single performance at the home of the Dr Mesmer who commissioned it 250 years ago. Both works here were written when Mozart was not yet in his teens, the fascinating Grabmusik showing him to be already capable of transforming a drily didactic religious text into a work of considerable emotional and dramatic scope.

SIGCD547  66 minutes 23 seconds
‘Ian Page and his crack team—singers and players—are clearly having a lot of fun, which comes across in this excellent recording. It’s a treat to experience these faint anticipations of greatness in s ...