Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Gigue for piano in G major ("Eine kleine Gigue"), K. 574

    Description by Brian Robins

    The year 1789 was particularly fallow by Mozartian standards, producing from his pen only two substantial works, the String Quartet in D, K. 575 (the first of three quartets composed for the cello-playing King of Prussia) and the sublime Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581. During the spring, by this time in serious financial straits, Mozart undertook a concert trip to Germany in the hope of reviving his fortunes. Traveling with the music-loving Prince Carl Lichnowsky, a fellow-freemason who had offered him free passage as far as Berlin, Mozart first stopped in Prague, the going onwards to Dresden, Leipzig, and Potsdam. By May 8, Mozart and Lichnowsky were back in Leipzig, where he gave a concert on the 12th. Despite plans to leave Leipzig on May 16, Mozart was obviously still there the following day, on which occasion he noted in his thematic catalog (which he always carried with him): "17th May in Leipzig. A little Gigue for the piano in the commonplace book of Hr: Engel, court organist to the Elector of Saxony." This little piece (a revival of a Baroque dance form rarely used by Classical composers) runs to only thirty-eight bars, but is remarkable for the spare, angular quality of the writing. It is a piece, that for all its brevity, has an important place in Mozart's interest in the Baroque. Significantly it follows in the wake of his arrangement of Handel's Messiah, the last performance of which had taken place in Vienna the day before he set off on his German tour.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 ECM 4814474
    2016 Delphian DCD 34166
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMU 90753233
    2016 Ricercar RIC 361
    2015 Sony Classical 88875060112
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68029
    2015 Ligia LIDI 0104277
    2014 Eudora 1402
    2014 Naxos 8573114
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2013 Mirare MIR 213
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMG 50838889
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94198
    2011 Priory Records PRCD1030
    2010 Time/Life Music 26087
    2010 Decca
    2009 Concerto 2024
    2009 Teldec 4692565
    2009 EMI Music Distribution / Erato / Virgin Classics 5099996695
    2008 Koch 7651
    2008 Harmonia Mundi 901979
    2008 Meridian Records 84548
    2008 Regent 244
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Cantate 58025
    2007 Meridian Records 84493
    2007 MDG 3411306
    2007 Musical Concepts 131
    2007 Decca 433328
    2006 Virgin 364798
    2006 Gall (formerly Gallo) 1116
    2006 Decca / DG Deutsche Grammophon / Philips / Universal Classics & Jazz
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99725
    2006 Accent 24172
    2006 Brilliant 93025
    2006 BIS 1633
    2006 Harmonia Mundi HMU907387
    2006 Ligia / Ligia Digital 417106
    2006 Pavane 7507/8
    2006 ATMA Classique 22249
    2006 Philips
    2006 Philips
    2006 Music & Arts CD-1001
    2006 Harmonia Mundi 2961815
    2006 Avie 2105
    2006 Aeolus Music 10071
    2005 SPJ Music 5652
    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
    2005 Naïve 8905
    2005 Nonesuch 79831
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 BIS 5011
    2004 Harmonia Mundi 901815
    2004 Harmonia Mundi 801815
    2003 Stradivarius STR 33547
    2002 Vox / Vox Cameo Classics 8850
    2002 Astree Naive 8864
    2001 From the Top 3294112
    2001 Doremi Records 71139
    2001 Bayer Records 100318
    2001 Carlton Classics 6601112
    2001 BIS 1266/1267
    2000 Raven 96
    2000 Philips 000575602
    2000 MDG 3400961
    1999 Skylark Music 8801
    1999 Channel Classics 13398
    1998 Erato / Virgin VBD 5614722
    1998 CBC Records 1116
    1998 BIS 896
    1997 Telarc Distribution CD 80473
    1997 Globe 6041
    1997 Philips 456132
    1997 Arte Nova 27763
    1995 Pearl GEMMCD9156
    1995 Gothic Records 49051
    1995 BIS 606
    1995 Supraphon 0008
    1994 Naxos 550514
    1994 Teldec 4509-94891-2
    1993 Bridge 9011
    1991 EMI Music Distribution 63688
    1991 Philips 422 518-2PME5
    1988 London 421369
    1985 Astree 7710
    Marston 52036
    Lyrinx 2251
    Brilliant Classics 99725/6
    Philips 412616
    Brilliant 92630
    Brilliant 92630/11
    Brilliant 92630/15
    Brilliant Classics 99725/10
    Accento 301
    Koch Schwann 317003
    Selene 940319
    Vox 7194
    EMI Music Distribution 575582
    Harmonia Mundi 77604
    Autographe 148010
    Teldec 242741
    Teldec 9031724832
    MDG 3190990
    Solstice Records SO 811