Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, aria for soprano & orchestra. K. 383

    Description by Anne Feeney

    Relatively little is known about this text, who its author is, or what the source is. It was written in 1782, in Vienna, and is one of Mozart's first vocal works to be written in German. The text gives very few clues, and it could be either a text from an opera libretto, a poem, or written to commemorate a specific occasion. The latter two options seem more likely, as there is no name given to the character, and the mood remains constant, unlike most of Mozart's arias written to operatic texts. The fact that it is a woman artist of some kind thanking her patrons adds to the mystery--what is her field, and who is she thanking?

    The singer thanks her patrons for their help and generosity, and assures them that she will never forget their kindness. She tells them that like the Muses and all artists, she leads a roving life, far away from her native land, but declares that her heart will always remain with her gracious patrons.

    The aria has a charming, graceful melody that perfectly fits the mood of the text. The frequent pizzicatos (plucking of the stringed instruments) in the orchestra accentuate the flowing lyricism of the vocal part, and the total effect is quite lovely.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Warner Classics 553028
    2015 L'Oiseau-Lyre 4787863
    2015 Erato 553024
    2015 Erato / Warner Classics
    2015 Glossa GCD 921121
    2014 Decca
    2013 Berlin Classics 0300541BC
    2012 CD Accord ACD 1752
    2012 Erato 2564666373
    2011 EMI Classics
    2010 Decca
    2010 Decca B0014539-02
    2009 Membran 2232762
    2009 Alba 267
    2008 Glossa 81104
    2008 Oehms Classics 578
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Brilliant 93408
    2007 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946380273
    2006 Philips
    2006 Philips
    2006 BIS 1529
    2005 Decca / Eloquence 4767459
    2005 Brilliant 99731
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 63702
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Decca B0001863
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 474738
    2002 Glissando 38
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 74803
    2000 Tudor Records 7073
    2000 Pavane 7436
    2000 Chandos 3035
    2000 Philips 464960
    2000 Philips 464 880-2PB10
    2000 Arte Nova Classics 74321711782
    1999 PLGI / PolyGram 465145B
    1999 Glossa 921104
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459 068-2GCC10
    1998 London 458084
    1998 Decca
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 457582
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459020
    1998 EMI Music Distribution 56568
    1997 London 455 241-2LC5
    1996 Erato 14637
    1996 London 452602
    1996 Decca
    1995 VAI Audio 1031
    1995 Orfeo 401
    1995 Orfeo 408955
    1994 RCA 61635
    1993 London 440401
    1993 ASV 683
    1991 Philips 422523
    1991 EMI Music Distribution 63655
    Glissando 39
    Brilliant 92632
    Decca 411713
    London 417756
    Brilliant 92632/3
    Brilliant 99731/2
    Brilliant 93408/2
    EMI Music Distribution 763790
    EMI Music Distribution 769741