Ensemble Zefiro was founded in 1989 by oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi together with bassoonist Alberto Grazzi and consists of talented musicians drawn from leading Baroque orchestras. Zefiro regularly appears to great acclaim at major European, Asian and South American festivals.
La Sérénade KV 361 en si bémol majeur, dite Gran Partita, est une œuvre de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart pour douze instruments à vent et contrebasse en sept mouvements. Consacrée à l'origine au plein-air, cette « musique du soir » dépasse l'esprit simple du divertissement pour rejoindre celui de la grande symphonie.
Grâce à sa musicalité et l'équilibre de son écriture, la diversité de ses formes et de ses genres, avec ses dimensions et son effectif imposants, chaque partie étant destinée à un instrumentiste soliste, cette sérénade est considérée par beaucoup comme le chef d'œuvre absolu du répertoire de musique de chambre des vents
The Serenade in B flat major "Gran Partita" K 361, completed in 1781, is without doubt one of Mozart's most beautiful instrumental works..
The Collegium Aureum considers itself a "resurrected court orchestra" that attempts to play music with the authentic performance practice and sound using the actual historical instruments of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods of European music. The orchestra itself was founded in 1962 by the West German record company Harmonia Mundi, …
The Haffner Serenade in D major was written in 1776 for Marie Elizabeth Haffner's wedding celebration and was commissioned by her brother Sigmund, later the recipient of the Haffner Symphony. Though this composition has elements of Mozart's symphonic style – particularly in its dramatic first and last movements, the grand Menuettos, and the sixth movement Andante – it is cast in eight movements of diverse character and has a casual ambience that belongs to the serenade. The violin solos in the second, third, and fourth movements lend a concertante air to this work, though they have a private quality unlike the bravura displays of the concerto style…
The SCO's second Serenades disc includes the Serenade in D, Serenade K.203 and Divertimento K.251
These performances come from the first ever complete set of the Mozart symphonies, dating from the 1960s, and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast here between Bohm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Bohm's favour. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No. 40) and with Minuets taken at what now seem lumbering speeds. Yet slow movements flow easily, and finales bounce along infectiously. Consistently they convey the happy ease of Bohm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments.