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Track Listing:

Mozart - Rondo alla Turca (Piano Sonata No.11 in A major, K.331)
Mozart - Flute Quartet in D major, K.285
Mozart - Allegro
Mozart - Romanze (Andante)
Mozart - Menuetto (Allegretto)
Mozart - Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart - Laudate Dominum (Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339)
Mozart - Allegro
Mozart - Adagio
Mozart - Rondo
Mozart - Adagio for glass armonica in C major, K.356/617a

Richard Galliano :


Deutsche Grammophon Releases Accordionist - Richard Galliano's New Album of Mozart
Newly arranged for accordion and string sextet, the album features arrangements of numerous Mozart favorites

Legendary accordionist Richard Galliano again forges new paths in classical music with this album of well-known Mozart pieces arranged for him and a string quintet. The third album of classical repertoire from the legendary jazz accordionist, this follows his successful albums of Bach and Vivaldi.

Richard Galliano shows a clear empathy for the music of Mozart, largely borne from his origins playing classical music at the beginning of his career before turning his attentions to jazz. "Playing Mozart on the accordion and the bandoneon!" jested Galliano. "It's true that it's something that doesn't happen every day. The public finds it hard to imagine… are accordionists afraid to play Mozart? But in my opinion no music ever sounded so obvious. Like J.S. Bach's compositions, Mozart sounds marvelous on an accordion."

Galliano, who was classically trained, delighted in choosing the selections to be arranged for this album. "Just as I did with my previous Bach or Vivaldi recordings, I started as a ‘music fan' and simply chose the pieces that touched me the most. For the famous Turkish March we approached it in a way that was almost the oral tradition, and we made its festive, "dance" side stand out, like it used to be played a long time ago in the café-concerts in the 1900s. The melody in the B minor Adagio for flute and trio is a pure gem of music, and its pizzicati accompaniment is absolute genius. Mozart's ‘little night music' serenade is so famous; and it has been played so often… but perhaps it needed some new blood? I think the unison on the accordion really lets you see it in a new light."

The album includes famous selections such as Rondo alla Turcaand Eine kleine Nachtmusik.  In addition, Galliano has arranged the Clarinet Concerto in a stunning display of virtuosity and musicality.