A1002-CD: MOZART: Concerto for Flute and Harp / Sinfonia Concertante

Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp K. 299
Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat Major

Anyone venturing outside the more conventional Mozart concerto repertoire will not be disappointed by these enjoyable and highly musical readings under the young Austrian conductor, Richard Edlinger.

- Classic CD - June 1990

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Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299
Valek, Jiri, flute;, Mullerova, Hana, harp
Capella Istropolitana, Edlinger, Richard, Conductor

  I. Allegro 10:01
  II. Andantino 07:32
  III. Allegro 09:43
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 297b
Krejci, Jiri, oboe; Kyzivat, Vaclav, clarinet; Tylsar, Zdenek, horn; Seidl, Jiri, bassoon
Capella Istropolitana, Edlinger, Richard, Conductor
  I. Allegro 13:38
  II. Adagio 08:11
  III. Andantino con variazioni 08:55
Total Time 57:48


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Concerto in C major for Flute & Harp, K. 299
Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat Major, K. 297b

As a child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had amazed Europe. Extended concert tours had taken him to the major cities of Germany and France, and he had been entertained royally in London, where he wrote his first symphonies and met old Bach's youngest son, Johann Christian. Adolescence and early manhood proved much less successful, at least in material terms. Leopold Mozart had nurtured in his son the highest hopes of fame and honour, but the small court of the Archbishop of Salzburg, where Leopold Mozart was employed for the greater part of his life as Vice-Kapellmeister, could offer nothing commensurate with these great ambitions.

In 1777 Mozart's impatience with Salzburg and his and his father's natural ambitions, led him to leave home in an attempt to find a suitable position elsewhere. Father and son both sought leave of absence, but this was not granted. Instead, the Archbishop declared himself happy to be rid of both of them. Leopold Mozart chose the path of caution and retained his position, while Mozart set out accompanied by his mother. The ultimate goal of Mozart's journey was to be Paris, a city they reached by way of Munich, Augsburg and, most important of all, Mannheim. The last of these places was still the home of one of the most famous orchestras in Europe, which had developed under the guidance of Johann Stamitz during the middle years of the eighteenth century. The orchestra itself was an ensemble of virtuosi and Mozart naturally hoped for some position there, at the court of the Elector of Bavaria. Winter was spent in the city, where Mozart became particularly friendly with the flautist Wendling and dreamed up wild schemes of touring Italy with the sixteen-year-old singer Aloysia Weber, towards whom his attentions were serious enough to cause intense alarm in Salzburg.

Mozart and his mother set out for Paris on 14th March, 1778, and reached the French capital nine days later. As a child Mozart had caused a sensation in Paris, as a young man, and a "stupid German" at that, he was far less interesting. Towards the end of June his mother fell ill, and on 3rd July she died. Her earlier letters to her husband in Salzburg had seemed naively hopeful. Wolfgang had been commissioned by a duke to write two concertos, one for flute and one for harp, she wrote, soon after their arrival, and her son was also employed to teach composition to the duke's daughter.

The concerto written for the Duc de Guines, an amateur flautist, and his harpist daughter, was the delightful Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299. Mozart, who had been enthusiastic about the performing abilities of the duke and his daughter on first acquaintance, had, by July, become less satisfied. The duke had had the concerto for four months, he wrote to his father, and had still not paid. The result was further practical advice from Leopold Mozart on the art of collecting money from slow patrons without causing offence, an art that Mozart was slow to learn.

The Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 297b, seems to have been written in Paris in April 1778 for the Mannheim musicians Wendling, Ramm and Ritter, flautist, oboist and bassoonist, and for the virtuoso horn-player Johann Stich, generally known by the Italian translation of his name as Punto. The opportunity was a splendid one. Le Gros, director of the Concert spirituel had asked for the work, expressly designed for four of the leading wind-players of the time. Mozart wrote the piece in some haste but Le Gros procrastinated, the parts were not copied and excuses were made, in spite of the enthusiasm and subsequent indignation of the proposed soloists.

In early July, in a letter breaking to his father the news of his mother's death, Mozart remarks that the work has not yet been performed. In a letter written from Nancy on 3rd October, during his return journey from Paris, he tells his father that he sold the Sinfonia Concertante to Le Gros, but can easily trick him by writing the whole work out again from memory when he reaches home. "I have it still fresh in my head", he tells him. It would appear that the Sinfonia Concertante as we have it, scored for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, is the possible result of this feat of memory, although it has been suggested that the arrangement is not by Mozart at all, or, indeed, that the whole work is by another. These latter doubts seem unjustified by the obvious qualities of the music and the undoubted similarity to the style Mozart adopted to please Parisian audiences.

The Sinfonia Concertante is in three movements, in each of which there are examples of that imitative writing, in which one instrument operatically answers and complements another, the final movement is in the form of a theme and ten variations, allowing splendid opportunities to the soloists individually and in conjunction and exploiting the varying qualities of instrumental timbre in a remarkably telling way.

Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), the oldest symphonic ensemble in Slovakia, was founded in 1929 at the instance of Milos Ruppeldt and Oskar Nedbal, prominent personalities in the sphere of music. Ondrej Lenard was appointed its conductor in 1970and in 1977itsconductor-in-chief. The orchestra has given successful concerts both at home and abroad, in West and East Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, and Great Britain.

Richard Edlinger
The Austrian conductor Richard Edlinger was born in Bregenz in 1958 and directed his first concert at the age of seventeen. In 1982 he completed his studies in conducting and composition at the Vienna Academy, having by then already acquired considerable professional experience on the podium. He was the youngest finalist in the 1983 Guido Cantelli Conductors' Competition at La Scala, Milan, and since 1986 he has been Artistic Director of the Capella Istropolitana, an orchestra with which he has undertaken various European tours. Richard Edlinger has made recent appearances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the George Enescu Philharmonic, the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, and the RTSI Orchestra in Lugano. In 1987 he was appointed Music Director of the Kamptal Festival in Austria.


Anyone venturing outside the more conventional Mozart concerto repertoire will not be disappointed by these enjoyable and highly musical readings under the young Austrian conductor, Richard Edlinger.

- Classic CD - June 1990

"enjoyable and highly musical readings"

- Classic CD

"fresh and stylish and the two soloists are excellent"

- Penguin Guide

Album Information

Instruments: Orchestra, Flute, Harp,
Genre: Classical
Format: Audio CD
Our Ref: A1002-CD
MCPS: 8.550159
Label: Naxos
Year: 1988
Origin: EU
Composer(s) Mozart, WA
Conductor(s): Edlinger, Richard
Orchestra(s): Capella Istropolitana
Artist(s): Krejci, Jiri (oboe); Kyzivat, Vaclav (clarinet); Mullerova, Hana (harp); Seidl, Jiri (basson); Tylsar, Zdenek (horn); Valek, Jiri (flute)

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Composer: MOZART, WA (1756 - 1791)


The youngest child and only surviving son of Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus was born in Salzburg in 1756, the year of publication of his father's influential treatise on violin-playing. He showed early precocity both as a keyboard-player and violinist, and soon turned his hand to composition. His obvious gifts were developed under his father's tutelage, with those of his elder sister, and the family, through the indulgence of their then patron, the Archbishop of Salzburg, was able to travel abroad, specifically, between 1763 and 1766, to Paris and to London. A series of other journeys followed, with important operatic commissions in Italy between 1771 and 1773. The following period proved disappointing to both father and son, as the young Mozart grew to manhood, irked by the lack of opportunity and lack of appreciation of his gifts in Salzburg, where a new Archbishop proved less sympathetic. A visit to Munich, Mannheim and Paris in 1777 and 1778 brought no substantial offer of other employment and by early 1779 Mozart was reinstated in Salzburg, now as court organist. Early in 1781 he had a commissioned opera, Idomeneo, staged in Munich for the Elector of Bavaria and dissatisfaction after being summoned to attend his patron the Archbishop in Vienna led to his dismissal. Mozart spent the last ten years of his life in precarious independence in Vienna, his material situation not improved by a marriage imprudent for one in his circumstances. Initial success with German and then Italian opera and series of subscription concerts were followed by financial difficulties. In 1791 things seemed to have taken a turn for the better, in spite of the lack of interest of the successor to the Emperor Joseph II, who had died in 1790. In late November, however, Mozart became seriously ill and died in the small hours of 5th December. Mozart's compositions were catalogued in the 19th century by Köchel, and they are generally now distinguished by K. numbering from this catalogue.


The Austrian conductor Richard Edlinger was born in Bregenz in 1958 and directed his first concerts at the age of seventeen. He completed his studies at the Vienna Academy in conducting and composition in 1982, by which time he had already acquired considerable professional experience. He was the youngest finalist in the 1983 Guido Cantelli Conductors' Competition at La Scala, Milan.


The Capella Istropolitana was formed in 1983 from the finest musicians in Bratislava. It has since become one of the most highly regarded chamber orchestras in Europe, its many recordings on Naxos demonstrating its outstanding qualities.

Artist (harp): MULLEROVA, HANA