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CHAN 9877
Contemporaries of Mozart Series

Salieri: Symphonies & Overtures

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2001

Originally recorded in 2000


London Mozart Players

Matthias Bamert


All Saints' Church, Tooting, London


Ralph Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

Richard Smoker


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 64:40
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Overture to 'Cublai, gran kan de' Tartari'

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  

Twenty-six Variations on 'La follia di Spagna'


Overture to 'Angiolina, ossia Il matrimonio per sussuro'

  in D major - D-Dur - en ré majeur  

Sinfonia Veneziana

  in D major - in D-dur - en ré majeur  
4 I Allegro assai 3:59
5 II Andantino grazioso - 3:30
6 III Presto 2:25

Overture to 'La locandiera'

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
7 I Allegro assai - 3:47
8 II Andantino - 2:09
9 III Presto 1:29

Sinfonia 'Il girono onomastico'

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
10 I Allegro, quasi presto 4:16
11 II Larghetto 5:17
12 III Minuetto: Non tanto allegro - Trio 2:37
13 IV Allegretto e sempre l'istesso tempo 5:33

Overture to 'Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle'

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
The London Mozart Players, under the expert guidance of Matthias Bamert, perform works by Venetian composer Salieri.

This disc includes two premiere recordings and continues the successful Contemporaries of Mozart Series.

It features opera overtures and sinfonias by Salieri whose fame today rides largely on the exaggerated portrayal of him as Mozart’s staunch adversary.

The Contemporaries of Mozart series is growing in strength and this disc is its fourteenth. The series has uncovered a wealth of previously unavailable eighteenth-century works.

The success of this series is illustrated by the numerous accolades bestowed upon it including a number of releases credited with Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.

Antonio Salieri was taught the violin by his brother (a pupil of Tartini). When he and his numerous siblings were orphaned in 1765 a wealthy friend of his father took the young Antonio to Venice. There he attracted the attention of the Bohemian composer Florian Gassmann who, in June 1766, took him to Vienna where he was befriended by Gluck. In 1769 he wrote Le donne letterate, the first of his surviving operas, which was produced in 1770 and marked the beginning of a highly successful operatic career. Between then and 1804 he wrote over forty operas, the great majority of them for Vienna.

During his long life Salieri served under four Habsburg monarchs and held all the major posts in the Viennese musical establishment. He was also a distinguished teacher whose pupils included Beethoven, Hummel, Schubert and Liszt. (There is no foundation for the ‘legend’ that he poisoned Mozart. Although poles apart they were colleagues and shared a double-bill in the Palace of Schönbrunn in 1786.)

In addition to Salieri’s numerous opera overtures there is also a handful of larger-scale concert sinfonie, two of which are recorded here. The first, Sinfonia intitolata Il giorno [o]nomastico, is possibly the only one he listed in the catalogue of his works drawn up in 1818 and was perhaps written to celebrate the name day of one of his patrons. The second, whose imaginary title Sinfonia Veneziana, was the invention of its first modern editor and is a composite work dating from about 1786.

During the last twenty years of his life Salieri composed mostly sacred music for the court chapel, but the most significant exception was a set of Twenty-six Variations on ‘La Folia di Spagna’, which dates from December 1815.

"... The London Mozart Players play all this music most winningly, with vigour, polish and charm, and the Chandos recording is state of the art."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

‘…outstanding playing and conducting, with sensitive responses to Wesley’s often inventive imagination.’
Gramophone on CHAN 9823 (Wesley)

‘This is a very attractive disc… a very welcome addition to Chandos’ Contemporaries of Mozart series’.
International Record Review

‘The performances are wonderfully idiomatic… the sound is full-bodied and vivid… This disc deserves every success.’
Fanfare on CHAN 9740 (Pichl)

‘…one of the most revelatory discographic projects currently underway… Top-flight performances and demonstration sonics – another major landmark in Bamert’s ongoing series.’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9703 (Kozeluch)

‘…this release is commended by committed, clean, and lively playing, not to mention crisp articulation and nicely sprung rhythms.’

K Mann

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