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MP3 CityMusic Cleveland - Mozart

CityMusic Cleveland presents a live recording of some of Mozart''s most sparkling and beautiful music. Joel Smirnoff, former first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, makes his local Cleveland conducting debut with CityMusic Cleveland.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (60:52) !
Related styles: Classical: Mozart, Type: Live Recordings

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This CD presents a program" that revels in freshness, from the local conducting debut of Joel Smirnoff and glorious teaming of violinist Nathan Olson and violist Jessica Oudin to the gleaming artistry of soprano Chabrelle Williams". Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer.

"CityMusic is an ensemble that is tightly knit, elegant, and alive to detail. The orchestra plays Mozart with robust allure and ravishing intimacy, as if the musicians were inhibiting each phrase". Donald Rosenberg - Plain Dealer

Mozart is, without fail, the most recognized name in classical music. The only composer who might rival him for the top spot would be Beethoven. And in this live concert recording from CityMusic Music Cleveland 2009/10 season we bring you some of Mozart''s most beautiful and sparkling music. These are all relatively youthful pieces, but it is a program that shows his range. There''s the Mozart who composed brilliant concertos and who quite liked to play the viola. There is the composer for orchestra who knew how to please heart and mind, to entertain and as well as impress. And there is the composer who knew better than anyone how to write for the voice - whether he was writing for the opera theatre or the church, Mozart''s vocal music was always sublime.

Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola is one of Mozart''s greatest string concertos, and in this music everything comes together: the assurance and brilliance of youth matched by emerging maturity of style, the novelty of the genre, the influence of Italy and Mozart''s forays into opera, his unerring instinct in writing for the various instruments of the orchestra, and above all his love for the viola.

Divertimento in D, K136 was one of a set of three composed in Salzburg when he was just 16 years old. Two of these follow the same satisfying pattern - two fast movements, framing a slower, more expressive one - making them similiar to the early symphonies that came out of Italy and which had their origins in the opera overture, in the world of pure entertainment.

"Exsultate, jubilate'' - Motet, was wrtittten when Mozart was 17 years old and was enjoying the kind of celebrity and success in Milan that he could only dream about at home in Salzburg. The motet is a musical form in which the words are of utmost importance. The motet begins in high spirits with an aria calling us to rejoice and shout for joy. The recitative follows - linking music in which the words take precedence. As dark gives way to blessed dawn, so this recitative leads into the gentle aria (Andante) at the center of the motet, s serene hymn to the virgin Mary.

The final aria is the most famous as well as the most virtuosic. ( And it''s in this movement, at the very end, that sopranos often insert a brilliant high C!) its text consists of just one word - "Alleluia" - which shifts the focus from the intellectual meaning of the motet to the simple feeling of exuberance conveyed by the music.

Program notes by Yvonne Frindle.

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