DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op.44
MOZART: Gran Partita, K. 361
Conductor: János Kovács
The tradition of serenades goes back to Medieval times. Still, the actual platonic love song sung outdoors found its way to the salons of the aristocracy only in the 18th century, in the form of entertaining instrumental night music. It was Mozart who turned this genre into a real classic, though he labelled his various evening/night music pieces also with other titles, such as A Little Night Music, various divertimenti or the Serenade in B-flat major scored for thirteen instruments, also known as Gran Partita. All movements of this piece written almost exclusively for wind instruments were composed in a popular musical form: so, we can enjoy a romance, a theme with variations and a rondo. The audience of Concerto Budapest will have the chance to relish this marvellous piece for the second time this year; it garnered great acclaim on the Mozart Day in March. Although during the Romantic period, the music of the night became much more intimate - so much so that a new genre was born: nocturnes. Yet serenades kept on delighting their listeners. A remarkably sparkling example for this genre is Dvořák's Wind Serenade in D minor. It evokes the atmosphere of past centuries, that of Rococo, but the Slavic tone so very characteristic of its composer also figures prominently in the piece.