L. Mozart & W.A. Mozart: Toy Symphony, a Musical Joke

L. Mozart & W.A. Mozart: Toy Symphony, a Musical Joke
Composer Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artist Kammerorchester Berlin
Helmut Koch conductor
Staatskapelle Dresden
Otmar Suitner conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94692
EAN code 5028421946924
Release September 2013

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About this release

There is little doubt that Leopold Mozart exercised a huge influence on his son’s musical education, guiding and supporting Wolfgang’s development through the many extended tours he organised to Europe’s musical centres – ones that he himself took part in. As well as being a leading teacher (his Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing is still highly regarded today), Leopold was also a talented composer, and the advice that he bestowed on Wolfgang was the same he followed himself: to create ‘popular’ music.

Father and son are united on this engaging release, with the CD heavily weighted towards the former’s music. Tracing his most famous works (the ‘Toy’ Symphony – possibly written to promote a very large toy factory in Berchtesgadener Land – Musical Sleigh Ride and the Peasant Wedding) the release reveals Leopold’s predilection for simple structures, melody and generic depictions such as countryside scenes – traits which aimed to please both taste at court and the bourgeoisie. Wolfgang largely avoided banal programmatic music in his serenade-like compositions, but in A Musical Joke K522, which completes the compilation, he goes on the attack – not so much against the playing of dilletante musicians as against the charlatans who make technical short cuts in their compositions. The Kammerorchester Berlin and the Staatskapelle Dresden (directed by esteemed conductor Otmar Suitner) are at the helm to perform these endearing, popular works.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1960 and 1976.
- Now together on one CD: the all time favourite “Classics for kids”, and for many an adult the first encounter with classical music: Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony, The Musical Sleigh Ride and the Peasant Wedding, coupled with Mozart’s ‘Ein musikalischer Spass’.
- Charming, playful and witty, no parental guidance required, this music evokes the harmless and innocent world of a child’s play and pleasures. So well done nevertheless, so cleverly composed and imagined that adult entertainment is also guaranteed!
- Excellent performances by the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Otmar Suitner, one of Germany’s (and the world’s) best orchestras.
- Contains English and German notes on the composers and their music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cassation in G Major ‘Toy Symphony’: I. Allegro
  2. Cassation in G Major ‘Toy Symphony’: II. Menuetto
  3. Cassation in G Major ‘Toy Symphony’: III. Finale. Allegro
  4. Peasant Wedding: I. Marcia villanesca
  5. Peasant Wedding: II. Menuet
  6. Peasant Wedding: III. Andante
  7. Peasant Wedding: IV. Menuet
  8. Peasant Wedding: V. Finale. Molto allegro
  9. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 1, Ouvertüre. Allegro maestoso
  10. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 2, Die Verwirrung in den Ställen. Allegro
  11. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 3, Die Schlittenfahrt. Allegretto
  12. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 4, Das Schütteln der Pferde. Largo
  13. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 5, Aufzug. Marsch
  14. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 6, Festmusik. Allegro
  15. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 7, Aufzug. Marsch
  16. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 8, Die Schlittenfahrt. Allegretto
  17. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 9, Das vor Kälte zitternde Frauenzimmer. Andante
  18. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 10, Des Balles Anfang. Menuet
  19. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 11, Der Kehraus. Allegro
  20. Divertimento in F Major ‘Musical Sleigh Ride’: No. 12, Die Schlittenfahrt. Allegretto
  21. Sextet in F Major ‘A Musical Joke’, K. 522: I. Allegro
  22. Sextet in F Major ‘A Musical Joke’, K. 522: II. Menuetto: Maestoso
  23. Sextet in F Major ‘A Musical Joke’, K. 522: III. Adagio cantabile
  24. Sextet in F Major ‘A Musical Joke’, K. 522: IV. Finale. Presto