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Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Peasant Wedding & Toy Symphony

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917226621
  • Catalog number CC 72266
  • Release date 05 May 2017
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About the album

The influence of Leopold Mozart on his son Wolfgang Amadeus
This album attempt to show how Leopold Mozart could have influenced his well-known son Wolfgang Amadeus by placing the most famous works of Leopold Mozart against the early works of Wolfgang Amadeus. These works are performed by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra led by Ton Koopman, and Tini Mathot on pianoforte.

One side note, while Die Bauernhochzeit and Cassatio ex ("toy symphony") are considered to be works by Leopold Mozart by the creators of this album, others argue the "toy symphony" must have been composed by Joseph Haydn or Edmund Angerer. There is little consensus within the musicological debate. 

Leopold's compositions are characterised by the simplicity. He also often uses unusual instruments to create different timbres in his compositions. In Die Bauernhochzeit, for example, you can hear a bagpipe and musicians are instructed to clap and cheer along during the performance. 

The works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on this album are his Symphony in E-flat, the Twelve Variations on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je maman’ and the fugue from his Gallimathias musicum. The latter was composed for the inaugeration of Willem V as the governor of the Dutch Republic. The Symphony in E-flat is Mozart's first symphony. This is a nicely composed miniature work, even though it is an experiment in a new genre. 

Ton Koopman turns 75 and ABO 40 years anniversary


image Ton Koopman celebrates 75th birthday together with Johann Sebastian The renowned Ton Koopman is celebrating its 75th birthday this fall. Koopman is one of the last great early music pioneers of the first hour. Still as energetic as 40 years ago, when he founded his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (ABO), he and his ensemble are celebrating the achievement of this crown year. At the concert on October 4 in the Muziekgebouw aan ...

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