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Mozart, Piano & Winds
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Markus Becker & Ma'alot Quintett

Mozart, Piano & Winds

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085530434
Catnr: AVI 8553043
Release date: 05 November 2021
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Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085530434
Catalogue number
AVI 8553043
Release date
05 November 2021
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About the album

How many works for piano and winds Mozart wrote?

A twin to BEETHOVEN‘s Piano & Winds

“Playing with other instruments is always fascinating: it’s not only great fun, but also an important experience for me as a pianist, every time. The piano is actually just a mechanical toolbox that we can operate without having to use our breath. Thanks to its mechanism, the sound is immediately produced; once the hammers have struck, it can no longer be influenced, and the note unavoidably fades away.

It is thus essential for a pianist to imagine what it is like to play another instrument, and to study the sound of other instruments in depth. They can be wind or string instruments, or the human voice. Sometimes I imagine I am playing with a string quartet; at other times it can be a full orchestra.

With a woodwind quintet as musical partner, I cannot help but breathe with the music: my colleagues are constantly putting that ability on display. It starts with the very first attack. If I just “played piano” as usual, we would never be together on the beat; thanks to the piano’s immediate mechanism, my note would always be there a little earlier. But if I imagine the gentle attack of a bassoon or a clarinet while listening closely,

I can make an attempt not to be overly “on time” when I strike the key. I can also execute certain chords as a quick arpeggio, with the notes not quite together. Of course, such a mental image of breathing while playing can also be of great help when I am giving solo recitals: imagining wind attacks, or the upbow and downbow on the violin.

The piano is an instrument designed to create illusion: the toolchest produces the most wonderful things, but to achieve them, we, as players, are required to use our imagination…..“ (from the remaks, written by the artists)

Artist(s)

Markus Becker (piano)

“As a musical virtuoso, Markus Becker is unbeatable – an intelligent creator of soulful musical portraits.” Eleonore Büning, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Born in 1963 in Osnabrück, Markus Becker has convinced audiences and critics alike as a highly formative interpreter of piano literature from Bach to Rihm, an eminent artist on the international scale who is noted for his original programming choices. Exceptionally among classical pianists, he also stands out as a virtuoso jazz improviser. Becker makes regular appearances at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Kissingen Summer Festival. Markus Becker has played with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, RSB Berlin, the radio symphony orchestras of the NDR, WDR and SWR in Germany, and the BBC Welsh Orchestra under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Howard...
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“As a musical virtuoso, Markus Becker is unbeatable – an intelligent creator of soulful musical portraits.” Eleonore Büning, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Born in 1963 in Osnabrück, Markus Becker has convinced audiences and critics alike as a highly formative interpreter of piano literature from Bach to Rihm, an eminent artist on the international scale who is noted for his original programming choices. Exceptionally among classical pianists, he also stands out as a virtuoso jazz improviser.
Becker makes regular appearances at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Kissingen Summer Festival. Markus Becker has played with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, RSB Berlin, the radio symphony orchestras of the NDR, WDR and SWR in Germany, and the BBC Welsh Orchestra under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Howard Griffiths, Michael Sanderling, and Thierry Fisher. Becker’s chamber music partners include Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Adrian Brendel, Igor Levit, Sharon Kam and Alban Gerhardt.
He studied with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and received additional crucial guidance for many years from Alfred Brendel. Since 1993, he has been a professor at the Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media, where he supervises a class of pianists and chamber ensembles, oversees the Masters Degree department, and directs the Chamber Music Institute.
With his CD recordings, Becker is the three-time winner of the ECHO-Klassik award as well as the German Critics Choice Award, along with a number of further distinctions from the international music press (Gramophone, Fono Forum, Klassik Heute, BBC Music Magazine, American Record Guide).
Becker‘s recording of Max Reger’s complete piano works on 12 CDs (Thorofon) is already considered legendary. Fono Forum‘s assessment of this encyclopaedic feat: “One of the rare and truly major achievements of German piano artistry in the past 50 years.” He received an OPUS award for his live recorded Reger piano concerto.

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Ma'Alot Quintett

Stephanie Winker Flute Christian Wetzel Oboe · Ulf-Guido Schäfer Clarinet Sibylle Mahni Horn · Volker Tessmann Bassoon Founded in 1986, the Ma’alot Quintet is one of the world’s leading chamber music ensembles. First prizes in four chamber music competitions paved the way for international concert tours, radio broadcasts, and invitations to many important music festivals. After winning the renowned ARD Munich Competition in 1989, the Ma’alot Quintet went on tour throughout Europe, to South Korea, the US, South America, and Southeast Asia. The ensemble’s repertoire embraces music from the classical period to the avantgarde. The unique and wonderful arrangements of the ensemble’s clarinetist Ulf-Guido Schäfer are perfectly written for the quintet and are almost completely featured on their CD recordings. Ma’alot’s long term collaboration with...
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Stephanie Winker Flute Christian Wetzel Oboe · Ulf-Guido Schäfer Clarinet Sibylle Mahni Horn · Volker Tessmann Bassoon Founded in 1986, the Ma’alot Quintet is one of the world’s leading chamber music ensembles. First prizes in four chamber music competitions paved the way for international concert tours, radio broadcasts, and invitations to many important music festivals.
After winning the renowned ARD Munich Competition in 1989, the Ma’alot Quintet went on tour throughout Europe, to South Korea, the US, South America, and Southeast Asia. The ensemble’s repertoire embraces music from the classical period to the avantgarde. The unique and wonderful arrangements of the ensemble’s clarinetist Ulf-Guido Schäfer are perfectly written for the quintet and are almost completely featured on their CD recordings.
Ma’alot’s long term collaboration with the Dabringhaus & Grimm label (MDG), has led to numerous prestigious award-winning recordings, including two coveted German Echo Klassik prizes in 2006 and 2010 for their Dvoˇrák and Rossini CD’s.
The members of the quintet are principal solo players or professors in some of the world’s leading orchestras and music academies. In their search for new ideas and their passion for modern music, they have created dynamic relationships with contemporary composers: thus, the ensemble has premièred a number of works and has conceived new, experimental recital forms.
Artists with whom they have had close artistic relationships include the composer Detlef Glanert, the actor Dominique Horwitz, the tenor Christoph Prégardien, and the pianist Markus Becker.

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Composer(s)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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...
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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.


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01.
Der Schauspieldirektor (Ouverture), K. 486 (1786): Ouverture
04:17
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
02.
Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453 (1784), arr. for Piano and Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: I. Allegro
12:10
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
03.
Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453 (1784), arr. for Piano and Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: II. Andante
09:47
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
04.
Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453 (1784), arr. for Piano and Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: III. Allegretto
08:10
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
05.
Symphonie No. 26 Es-Dur / in E flat Major, K. 184 (1773), arr. for Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: I. Molto Presto
02:33
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
06.
Symphonie No. 26 Es-Dur / in E flat Major, K. 184 (1773), arr. for Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: II. Andante
02:57
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
07.
Symphonie No. 26 Es-Dur / in E flat Major, K. 184 (1773), arr. for Wind Quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer: III. Allegro
02:14
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
08.
Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E flat Major, K. 452 (1784): I. Largo – Allegro moderato
10:15
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
09.
Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E flat Major, K. 452 (1784): II. Larghetto
08:37
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett
10.
Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E flat Major, K. 452 (1784): III. Allegretto
06:12
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Markus Becker, Ma'alot Quintett

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