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Harmoniemusik from Mozart's Favourite Operas

Winds Unlimited with Chen Halevi



Year of release: 2015

Le Nozze di Figaro 18:31
1. Sinfonia Mozart 04:05
2. Cinque, diece, venti Mozart 03:04
3. Se a caso madama Mozart 02:41
4. Se vuol ballare signor Contino Mozart 02:29
5. Non piu andrai Mozart 03:06
6. Susanna or via sortite Mozart 03:04
La Clemenza di Tito 19:47
7. Come ti piace imponi Mozart 02:54
8. Del piu sublime soglio Mozart 03:23
9. Deh se piacer mi vuoi Mozart 05:02
10. Totna di Tito a lato Mozart 03:01
11. Ah grazie si rendano Mozart 03:02
12. Tu fosti tradito Mozart 02:22
Don Giovanni 13:58
13. Ah chi mi dice mai Mozart 03:46
14. Giovinette che fate all'amore Mozart 01:22
15. Ho capito, signor, si Mozart 01:37
16. La ci darem la mano Mozart 02:53
17. Eh via buffone Mozart 01:01
18. Vedrai carino Mozart 03:17

About this album

In the eighteenth century it was common practice to hear excerpts from the public’s favourite operas and ballets, their most loved arias performed in transcriptions usually for wind sextet, or some- times a wind octet, both occassionally with an additional bass instrument. This Harmoniemusik was all the rage in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, most intensely from 1780s – 1820s, particularly in Vienna but also in Prague and Budapest. This CD features Harmoniemusik of some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most loved arias from his operas ‘La Clemenza di Tito’, ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Le nozze di Figaro’. The transcriptions were made by Georg Kaspar Sartorius (1754-1809). Needless to say, these particular transcriptions have their own texture and flavour that is apart from the original. What they offer still, are a representa- tion of the bright, varied, virtuosic, melodious and grand music found in these operas reflected through the seductive timbres of clarinets, horns and bassoons, grounded and infused by the warmth of a contra-bass. And still imbued with all the essential brilliance of the original Mozart works. The natural vocal qualities of wind instruments in this grouping lend themselves perfectly to the emotionally charged and human voice Mozart was portraying.


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Het is buitengewoon precair om nu al een CD tot ‘opname van het jaar’ te bombarderen. Okay, als er nog zulke fraaie opnames bij kunnen komen de komende maanden dan staat deze op mijn lijstje van kanshebbers. Wat een heerlijke muziek, wat een heerlijke uitvoering – Winds Unlimited, een zevental dat werkelijk prachtige instrumenten tot hun beschikking hebben – en heerlijk muziek. == It is extremely precarious already bombarding a CD for Record of the Year . Okay , if there login such beautiful recordings next few months, this is on my wish list. What a wonderful music , a delicious version - Unlimited Winds , seven that truly wonderful instruments at their disposal - and lovely music. — Theo Wubbolts

Music Frames

How wonderful accompaniment and melody are woven into each other, beautifully performed with care and attention. The Winds Unlimited shines with the enthusiasm of an orchestra and the intimacy of quartet. From each opera they play six arrangements with world premières of ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ and ‘Il Don Giovanni’. This makes the album ‘Concert Music from Mozart’s Favourite Operas’ even more unique! — Mattie Poels


'The instrumentalists of Winds Unlimited are masters on their instruments and the double bass creates a warm depth. Truly beautiful.' — Machiel Swillens

Konnte man also die oben erwähnte ‚Figaro‘-Ouvertüre offenbar schon anderswo in dieser Fassung hören, so bereiten auch die ‚Favorit-Gesänge‘ dieser beiden anderen Opern so viel Vergnügen, dass es ein Verlust wäre, sie nicht zu kennen. Man höre nur das gerade eine Minute lange, mitreißend lebhafte 'Eh via buffone' aus 'Don Giovann'i oder dessen wunderschön gespielte Schlussnummer (in dieser Fassung) 'Vedrai carino'. — Jan Kampmeier

Fono Forum

Durch den Verzicht auf das sonst übliche Oboenpaar bekommt das Bläsersextett von Georg Kasper Sartorius mit je zwei Klarinetten, Hörnern und Fagotten mit Kontraass eine höchst aparte, dunkel-samtig timbrierte Note. Dies kommt hier besonders in den langsamen Sätzen wunderbar zur Geltung. In den schnellen Partien produzieren die auf Nachbauten historischer Instrumenten blasenden Winds Unlimited nicht nur kultiverten Schönklang. — Holger Arnold


As mentioned, musicians who adhere to the "Harmoniemusik 'ventured came at that time from a good family. That is no less true today. The copies of original instruments 'Winds Unlimited 'offers us a flawless ensemble sound with the associated sonority. In addition to the fullest can be enjoyed from the musical 'joie de vivre' that radiates this ensemble. The recording made by Tom Peeters may be best known as a masterpiece. This has become an issue that truly masterful everything will fall into place. Who wants to explore first: on YouTube to find some videos of the ensemble. — Aart van der Wal

Technical Specifications


For this album we chose to record in Binaural as well. This is a perfect solution for headphone users. The recordings are made with the dummy head of Neuman, the KU-100. On a headphone this gives a surprisingly realistic image and it gives you the feeling of being at the session. This idea to develop an extra Binaural catalogue in DSD is initiated and supported by Rivasono in The Netherlands.

Recording SoftwareMerging, Pyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProducerTom Peeters
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis
MicrophonesB&K 4003
Digital ConvertersdCS