|Ordering Number||OC 753|
- Hasse, Johann Adolf
- Lamotte, Franz
- Linley, Thomas
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
- Rauzzini, Venanzio
Mozart in Italy
Johann Adolf Hasse (1699–1783): Sinfonia from the opera “Ruggiero”
Thomas Linley (1756–1778): Violin Concerto in F Major
Venanzio Rauzzini (1746–1810): Sinfonia in D Major
Franz Lamotte (1751–1780): Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Sinfonia in D Major
Reinhard Goebel, conductor
Mirijam Contzen, violin
During the 18th century, not only those in the fine arts
considered a stay in Italy to be de rigueur; musicians,
as well, held it to be part and parcel of an extensive
artistic education. And of course, the Italian sun
witnessed a great deal of exchange between northern
Europeans of the widest possible origins. The young
Mozart, for example, met Thomas Linley there, a
British violinist his own age. Johann Adolf Hasse
– who was practically considered an Italian – was a
generation older. Immediately after his festive opera
Ruggiero, Mozart’s Serenata Ascanio in Alba was performed
– to much greater acclaim.
Mozart wrote his famous Exsultate, jubilate specifically
for castrato Venenzio Rauzzini, who later
became a successful composer in London.
Flemish violinist Franz Lamotte was sent to Italy to
study by his sponsor Maria Theresia. Like Mozart, he
traveled to Naples, where he waited in vain – as did
Mozart – for an audience at the court.
Reinhard Goebel has intensively studied Mozart’s
musical world and those with whom he had contact.
For this CD, he has put together a program that illuminates
the diverse relationships and reciprocal influences
of the northern Europeans in Italy, including
violin concertos by Linley and Lamotte.