Mozart Musical Joke

Mozart Musical Joke Featuring the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet

The Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet was formed by Vienna Philharmonic members in 1934 and gave concerts throughout Austria under the auspices of the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft. After 1946 they toured internationally and were one of the first quartets to establish a large LP discography in the early 1950s with important recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.

Hans Berger was born in 1907 and studied with the legendary Viennese horn player, Karl Stiegler. He played in the Vienna Symphony during the 1927-8 season and then moved to Germany where he was in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for one season. From 1929 to 1945 he was principal horn of the Berlin State Opera. In 1945 he returned to Vienna and became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic in 1946, sharing the duties of principal horn with Gottfried von Freiberg. He retired in 1972. His son, Roland Berger, became principal horn of the Vienna Philharmonic in 1962.

Hans Berger‘s youngest brother, Othmar, was born in 1916 and died 1970. He was a member of Vienna Volksoper Orchestra and father of horn player Othmar Berger of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Josef Koller was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1946 to 1966.

Special thanks to Hans Pizka for information about the horn players on this CD. For more about the Vienna Philharmonic‘s tradition of horn playing visit www.pizka.de.

Both of these early 1950‘s Westminster recordings were digitally restored from original LP sources. The discs were first cleaned on a Keith Monks Mk II record cleaning machine. They were played back on a Linn Sondek LP12 turntable with Linn Ittok arm and Monster Alpha Genesis 2000 moving coil cartridge through an Audio Research SP11 Mark II tube preamplifier. A custom built PC and Diamond Cut Audio Restoration software were used in the digital conversion and restoration.

Mozart Musical Joke Audio CD

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Mozart Musical Joke Downloadable MP3 Album

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01 Mozart A Musical Joke 1. Allegro

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02 Mozart A Musical Joke 2. Menuetto (Maestoso)

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03 Mozart A Musical Joke 3. Adagio Cantabile

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04 Mozart A Musical Joke 4. Presto

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05 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 1. Allegro

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06 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 2. Tema Con Variazioni_ Andante

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07 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 3. Menuetto

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08 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 4. Adagio

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09 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 5. Menuetto

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10 Mozart Divertimento No. 17 In D 6. Rondo_ Allegro

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