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MOZART Masonic Works. John Heuzenroeder, Mario Borgioni, Alexander Puliaev, Willi Kronenberg, Die Kolner Akademie Choir and Orchestra / Michael Alexander Willens. BIS Records SACD

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Mozart Masonic Works John Heuzenroeder Willens Bis Records Sacd

W.A. Mozart:
Masonic Works - Cantatas and Funeral Music

LautverkündeunsreFreudefor soloists, male chorus & orchestra, K 623
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt for tenor & fortepiano, K 619
Der Maurerfreude for tenor, male chorus & orchestra, K 471
Lied zur Gesellenreise for tenor & organ, K 468
Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge for tenor, male chorus & fortepiano, K 148
Thamos, Königin Ägypten: orchestral entr’actes, K 345
Dir, Seeledes Weltalls for tenor, male chorus, orchestra & organ, K 429 (468a)
Ihr unsre neuen Leiter for tenor, male chorus & organ, K 484
Zerfliesset heut’, geliebte Brüder for tenor, male chorus & organ, K483
Meistermusik (MaurerischeTrauermusik, K 477) for male chorus & orchestra

Die Kölner Akademie Choir and Orchestra conducted by Michael Alexander Willens
John Heuzenroeder, tenor
Mario Borgioni, bass
Alexander Puliaev, fortepiano
Willi Kronenberg, organ

Following their 11-disc cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos recorded with Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie and Michael Alexander Willensin 2017 released a disc with two of Mozart’s best-loved serenades: the Posthorn Serenade and Einekleine Nachtmusik. The result was warmly received, for instance in the French magazine Classica where it was described as ‘a truly attractive disc to chase away the gloom’ demonstrate once again that they are amongst the best groups in the world of period performance’.

Joined by the tenor John Heuzenroeder and the male voices of the Kölner Akademie Choir, the team has now recorded the music that Mozart wrote for performance at Masonic gatherings. Mozart was himself a Mason during the last seven years of his life, and composed a number of songs and cantatas for various occasions. Best-known is probably the Masonic Funeral Music, K 477, heard here in a version –‘Meistermusik’ –devised by the Mozart scholar Philippe Autexierin an attempt to reconstruct the original performance of the piece. Also included are the four orchestral interludes to the play Thamos, Königin Ägypten, fine examples of Mozart’s music in the ‘Sturm und Drang’ tradition. Thamos was written by the poet and Mason Tobias von Gebler, and parallels have frequently been drawn between it and the more overtly Masonic Magic Flute.

BIS SACD BIS2294

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