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Mozart's "Gran Partita" is a smooth and stately serenade for a 13 piece wind and double bass violin ensemble. Its elegant harmonic structures and flowing melodic lines will enrapture your senses from start to finish. If you're looking for the next classical CD to add to your collection, look no more - this is it.
- A timeless work from the great classical period composer
- A delicate and peaceful performance by the wind ensemble
- Released: March, 2007
- 1 Disk, 7 Tracks
- Total Play Time: 51:06
- Performed by: The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Ensemble
- Conducted by: H. Robert Reynolds
Guide Review - Mozart - Serenade No. 10 "Gran Partita" K. 361
Mozart wrote the "Gran Partita" Serenade between 1781 and 1784 (the actual date of its creation remains shrouded in mystery, as well as its reason or occasion). Though music historiographers cannot determine the actual facts about Mozart's work, everyone can agree upon the uniqueness of Mozart's "Gran Partita" Serenade. While most serenades were composed to be played lightly in the background of garden parties, aristocratic dinners, and social events, Mozart's seven movement serenade is anything but background music. Just by looking at the performers, you know this serenade is special. Mozart wrote it for for two oboes, two clarinets, two basset horns, two bassoons, four horns and a double bass. Its opening, fanfare-like chords followed by a lyrical clarinet signify the quality and magnitude of the piece.
The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings ensemble was founded in 1982, and is committed to performing repertoire that utilizes 6 to 20 instruments. Going string for over twenty-four years, the ensemble has played in several major venues including the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. On this album, you'll find that the ensemble's warm, articulate tone fits Mozart's "Gran Partita" perfectly.