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I must admit that I often dislike transcriptions and think they are unnecessary, but these are so delightful that reason succumbs to emotion...Rudel and his forces give wonderfully alert performances. They have outstanding sound. If you want these arrangements, you might as well have them all. --Fanfare
EXPLORING MUSIC - FIGARO HAS NUPTIALS by DAVID M. GREENE
You had to be almost as rich as Homer Capehart to afford a harmonie, even with wages what they were in the 18th century. It consisted of a body of wind players -- six or eight was the norm-- and was the ancestor of our modern bands (as in "band festival"). The harmonie enabled you to hear the latest hits (which were usually opera tunes or dances) even if you lived a day's journey (20 miles) from a metropolis. Being rather loud, the harmonie functioned chiefly at summer parties, placed discreetly in an arbor at the bottom of the garden, where it could be chattered over, like the modern stereo, which my guests always insist on having played for them to drown out.
The Marriage Of Figaro, K. 492 (arr. for wind ensemble by Johann Nepomuk Wendt)
1 Overture 03:472 Cinque..dieci..venti (Opening Scene) 02:093 Se a caso madama la notte di chiama 02:044 Se vuol ballare 01:415 Voi che sapete che cosa e amor 02:226 Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro 02:097 Non più andrai 03:068 Crudel perche finora 02:109 Venite, inginocchiatevi 02:5810 Dove Sono 04:1311 Sull'aria...che soave zeffiretto 02:1512 Riconosci in questo amplesso 03:5213 Deh vieni non tardar 02:5714 Pian pianino le andro piu presso 02:3015 Ecco la Marcia 02:35
OK, hands up - who likes their opera without those pesky words. You won't be in awe of the genius of Mozart when you sit back and listen to these arrangements. In fact, it's music that was intentionally written to be half-ignored, originally played at huge parties and unlikely to be picked apart and musicologically dissected over drinks. But - there in lies the raison d'etre, the purpose in life that this music serves. Crafted well, featuring glorious melodies and exquisitely performed, these recordings offer a loving tribute to Mozart. And if you can't stand singing, you CAN enjoy listening to The Marriage of Figaro by listening to this recording.
The Rudel recordings were issued by Musical Heritage Society about 1987. At least two of them (Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro) were favorably reviewed in these pages at that time. There have been other recordings of these various sets of wind transcriptions by Mozart's contemporaries (Wendt, Triebensee, and Heidenreich). During Mozart's time, in the pre-electronic-media days, arrangements of this sort were immensely popular, as it was the easiest way to hear these great operatic tunes at home. That, of course, assumed that one had the financial resources to hire musicians to play at your social engagements. I must admit that I often dislike transcriptions and think they are unnecessary, but these are so delightful that reason succumbs to emotion...Rudel and his forces give wonderfully alert performances. They have outstanding sound. If you want these arrangements, you might as well have them all. --Fanfare
MOZART: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - OVERTURE
MOZART: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - DOVE SONO
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