Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart no doubt contributed the most beautiful composition to eighteenth-century ‘Harmonie music’ with his Serenade in B fl at Major, KV 361 or its epithet, Gran Partita. This composition is truly ‘grand’. For everything in this serenade carries ambitious promises. Among them the instrumentati on full of grandeur, the monumental, seven-movement form and the magnificent rondo in which the instruments, as they snap at each other, already anticipate the theatricality of operatic inventi veness with which Mozart was to score soon afterwards.
In contrast to Mozart’s operas for example, there is no historical arrangement for wind ensemble of his Requiem. I Solisti del Vento commissioned Christi an Köhler with such a transcription. Köhler opted for the same strength as that of the Gran partita. The result is also faithful to Mozart’s sense of drama. And that Mozart’s Mass for the Dead is reinvigorated with a new breath through the good offices of I Solisti del Vento, testifies to the vitality of the ‘Harmonie’. I Solisti del Vento is Belgium’s most important wind ensemble, guaranteeing an interpretation characterized by quality, exploration, distribution and valorisation of the great repertoire for wind ensemble from Mozart until today. The productions stand out by virtue of their exciting and healthy sense of adventure in style, genre and presentation.
I Solisti del Vento play Mozart
Serenade in B fl at Major ‘Gran Parti ta’ KV 361 (370a)
Requiem in d minor KV 626 (arr. C. Köhler)