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Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, K. 388

Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, K. 388

COVER CKD654
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Classical
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CKD 654
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  • Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: I. Allegro
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Peter Whelan Ensemble Marsyas

    Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: I. Allegro

    08:05
    $4.80
  • Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: II. Andante
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Peter Whelan Ensemble Marsyas

    Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: II. Andante

    03:52
    $2.40
  • Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: III. Menuetto in canone
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Peter Whelan Ensemble Marsyas

    Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: III. Menuetto in canone

    03:45
    $2.40
  • Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: IV. Allegro
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Peter Whelan Ensemble Marsyas

    Serenade in C Minor, K. 388: IV. Allegro

    06:14
    $4.80

Total running time: 21 minutes.

Album information

Acclaimed for its historically-based approach, and specialising in music from the eighteenth century, the Edinburgh-based chamber ensemble performs Mozart’s powerful Serenade in C minor, K. 388. 

This wind serenade (here with added double-bass) marks a shocking break from tradition, an unprecedented experiment into the genre’s capability for dramatic sophistication. The work’s Stygian tonality with sombre unisons and macabre intervals, banishes all preconceptions of Harmoniemusik as ‘easy-listening’. The E flat major music in the Andante (a far more typical key for outdoor entertainments) provides a chiaroscuro foil to the Sturm und Drang. With its memorable dissonances and cleverly written mirror canon, the Menuetto in canone demands our full and immediate attention and demonstrates the ingenuity that characterises Mozart’s writing. The final movement is a theme with eight variations, with the composer’s operatic genius on full display; only at the eleventh hour, in the final variation, does the mask of C minor drop away – Mozart dusting his hands of his experiment and releasing the winds back into their natural habitat in a final C major outburst.