Albrecht Mayer Mozart
Albrecht Mayer has accompanied Mozart's music almost his entire life. Still, he has waited until now to release his first all-Mozart album. "Although I have had most of the pieces on this album within me since my early youth, it is only now that I feel really ripe for their absolute depth of feeling," says Mayer. Recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and harpsichordist Vital Julian Frey, the oboist presents six arrangements for oboe, oboe d'amore or cor anglais as well as a specially commissioned, completed version of the fragmentary oboe concerto in F major KV 293, completed by Gotthard Odermatt . In addition to the well-known “Exsultate Jubilate”, the centerpiece is the double concerto (originally for flute and harp), which was rewritten for oboe and harpsichord. The album is completed by other musical pearls, such as the concert arias “Non temer, amato bene” and “Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle”.
One of the most beautiful moments of the project, however, is the Ave verum corpus, a short motet that the composer wrote just six months before his death on Corpus Christi in June 1791. "Ave verum corpus is one of Mozart's most famous pieces," says Mayer. »I've known it for 48 years since I sang it as the second soprano in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. It doesn't even take four minutes, but it's full of subtle vocal lines. In Matthias Spindler's arrangement for cor anglais, strings and organ we have a particularly calming melody. It's like a little night music, sung by the baritone of the English horn. "
With »Mozart«, Mayer once again proves the right instinct for a unique album program and states: »My time for and with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has come.«
1 Mozart: Allegro for Oboe and Orchestra in F major K 293 (416f) (Fragment completed by Gotthard Odermatt)
2 Mozart: Ave verum corpus K 618
3 Mozart: Concerto for Oboe, Harpsichord and Orchestra in B flat major K 299 (297c) - 1. Allegro
4 Mozart: Concerto for Oboe, Harpsichord and Orchestra in B flat major K 299 (297c) - 2. Andantino
5 Mozart: Concerto for Oboe, Harpsichord and Orchestra in B flat major K 299 (297c) - 3. Rondeau. Allegro
6 Mozart: Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle K 538 (Aria for soprano and orchestra, adapted for oboe and orchestra)
7 Mozart: Rondo in C major K 373 (originally for violin and orchestra, arranged for oboe and orchestra)
8 Mozart: Non temer, amato bene K 505 (Aria for soprano, piano and orchestra, arranged for oboe d’amore, fortepiano and orchestra)
9 Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate K 165 (158a) - 1. Allegro (“Exsultate, jubilate”)
10 Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate K 165 (158a) - 2. Andante (“Tu virginum corona”)
11 Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate K 165 (158a) - 3. Allegro (“Alleluja”)