Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento No. 11 for oboe, 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 251

    Description by Brian Robins

    During the course of the summer of 1776 Mozart composed no less than three large scale occasional works. The first, the Divertimento in F, K247, was written to celebrate the name-day of the Countess Antonia Lodron on 13 June, the member of a family well-known in Salzburg for its patronage of music. Some five weeks later came the Serenade in D, K250 (248b), a fully-scored ceremonial work commissioned by Siegmund Haffner, Jr., the son of a well-known Salzburg merchant, to celebrate the marriage of one of his sisters, which took place on July 22. The final work of this exceptional trilogy appears to belong closer to home, since it is thought that K251 was composed to celebrate the name-day of Mozart's own sister Nannerl, which was on 26 July. The work is scored for oboe, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola and "basso", which, as is customary with divertimentos, indicates double bass rather than cello. Although composed in a larger number of parts than was usual for divertimentos, the string parts would have been played solo rather than orchestrally. There are six movements: Molto allegro; Menuetto; Andantino; Menuetto; Rondeau (Allegro assai), and a concluding Marcia alla Francese that may also have served for the performers entrance. Along with K287 (271b) in B flat and K334 in D (320b), the present work forms Mozart's final words on a form he never returned to after settling in Vienna in 1781. Beautifully crafted, elegant music, they form a group of relaxed and beguiling chamber works whose functional background has resulted in them being too frequently overlooked in favor of the more "profound" utterances of the composer.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Molto allegro
    2. Menuetto & Trio
    3. Andantino
    4. Menuetto. Thema con variazioni
    5. Rondeau. Allegro assai
    6. Marcia alla francese

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Glossa GCD 921123
    2014 Linn Records BKD 320
    2014 Sony Classical 88843045052
    2013 Naxos 8570990
    2013 Elatus 60123
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894770055
    2010 Philips
    2010 Cascavelle 3147
    2010 Sony Classical 8869776152
    2009 Tudor Records 7049
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Linn Records 320
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2008 Landscape Classics
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2008 Arte Nova Classics 277910
    2007 Apex
    2007 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697126102
    2006 Berlin Classics 0013692
    2006 Philips
    2005 Warner Classics 2564623352
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4775436
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Preiser Records 90592
    2003 Delta Distribution 40024
    2003 Brilliant 99733
    2003 Deutsche Schallplatten 1068
    2003 NY Philomusica Records 30013
    2003 NY Philomusica Records 30009
    2002 Pearl 0175
    2002 dB Productions 82
    2001 Arte Nova Classics 27791
    2000 Philips 464 790-2PB11
    2000 Capriccio Records 10203
    1999 Elysium 716
    1998 London 458310
    1997 Arte Nova Classics 68913
    1996 Praga 250095
    1995 Sony Music Distribution 66569
    1994 Amati AMI 9305/1
    1994 Teldec 4509959822
    1994 Amon Ra 34
    1993 Sony Music Distribution 53277
    1993 Arion 68140
    1992 Vox 5050
    1992 Teldec 44809
    1990 Delta Distribution 15850
    1990 Laserlight 35860
    1990 Philips 422504
    1990 Erato 45471
    1990 Laserlight 15648
    RCA 14689
    Philips 422500
    Thymallus 104
    Brilliant 92627/3
    Brilliant 99733/3
    Brilliant 92627
    Berlin Classics 0010862
    Philips 420181
    Musicmasters 7065
    Laserlight 15863
    Testament 1379
    Philips 412618
    Unicorn-Kanchana 9107
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431689
    Teldec 903172481
    Delta Distribution 35850