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01 October 2021
"their execution finds a subtle balance between the generous overall paste and the individual interventions."Diapason, 01-4-2022
"I myself consider it to be the best thing I've written so far" - this is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's own description of his Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments, K 452.
The quintet made such an impression on his contemporaries that the young Ludwig van Beethoven also used it as a template for his own Op. 16. The unusual combination of instruments employed in these pieces, unique in Mozart's case, encouraged them to experiment with genres, blurring the boundaries between chamber music, symphonic writing, concerto, and operatic aria. WOLF's approach to this repertoire is guided by its use of historical instruments; they are joined for these works by fortepianist Anthony Romaniuk.
Benoît Laurent studied recorder, baroque oboe, and modern oboe in Belgium (with Frédéric de Roos, Paul Dombrecht, and Sylvain Cremers). Afterwards he continued his studies with Michael Niesemann at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.
In 2008 he was a prizewinner in the renowned competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. Benoît Laurent is Professor of Baroque oboe at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. He makes regular appearances with well-known orchestras and ensembles: B’rock, Anima Eterna, Les Musiciens du Prince, Collegium Vocale Gent, and Concerto Köln, among others.
With his ensemble « Lingua Franca » Benoit Laurent has produced numerous recordings on Ricercar. Additional recordings of note are: the oboe concertos of Giuseppe Sammartini with the ensemble "Les Muffatti" (Ramée, 201 1 ), an oboe concerto by Ludwig August Lebrun with the baroque orchestra "Les Agremens" (Ricercar, 201 1 ), as well as the concerto for oboe and violin by J.S. Bach with the Basler Kammerorchester (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 201 4).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.
their execution finds a subtle balance between the generous overall paste and the individual interventions.
The performances are more subtle than dramatic and the fire is created in part by the very direct recording