Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 (K. 186e)

    Description by Brian Robins

    With the exception of a spurious work now attributed to François Devienne (K.Anh. 230a), the piece at hand is the only extant work Mozart wrote for solo bassoon. It is possible that he composed others; he is reputed to have composed three further bassoon concertos and a bassoon sonata for Thaddäus Baron von Dürnitz, the recipient of the Piano Sonata in D, K. 284. But none has been accounted for. The B flat concerto was completed in Salzburg in June 1774. That year the teenage Mozart was afforded the rare luxury of remaining at home, at least until he and his father traveled to Munich in December to supervise the first performances of his opera buffa, La finta giardiniera. The concerto, composed for an unknown recipient, is cast in the usual three movements, and its sunny, bubbling lyricism perhaps shows the influence of Italian opera. The thoroughly idiomatic writing for the solo instrument exploits both its lyrical qualities (especially in the central movement, unusually marked Andante ma adagio) and its playful ones, making one regret the possible loss of other concertos. The most notable feature of the work is the theme of the slow movement, which bears a close resemblance to the famous aria "Porgi amor" from The Marriage of Figaro. The first movement goes by the book, with an orchestral exposition that introduces two themes. Despite its youthful origin, which does show up in the concerto's lack of depth, this is a centerpiece of the bassoon's limited concerto repertoire. It is the among the first concertos that Mozart composed.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Andante ma Adagio
    3. Rondo. Tempo di Menuetto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Coviello Classics COV 91812
    2018 Alpha 352
    2018 Linn CKR 273
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon
    2017 ATMA Classique ACD 22743
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4795448
    2015 Estonian Record Productions ERP 8215
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68090
    2015 Lawo Classics LAW 1060
    2015 Proprius Music PRCD 2072
    2014 RCA Red Seal 88843006072
    2014 Solo Musica SM 211
    2013 Genuin GEN 13288
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 CPO 7777422
    2012 Krescendo Records / Zebralution
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 4783377
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099960232
    2012 EMI Classics
    2012 Decca
    2012 Concerto / Zebralution
    2012 Teldec 2564672076
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 4779331
    2011 Decca
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Chandos 10613
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Sony Classical 8869761092
    2010 Decca
    2010 Nimbus 2568/70
    2010 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / RPO 5
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Sony Classical 47215
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Turnabout Records 100
    2008 L'Oiseau-Lyre 4780021
    2008 Berlin Classics 0184452BC
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099951203
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Apex
    2007 Musicaphon 56886
    2007 EMI Classics 87894
    2007 Harmonia Mundi 901946
    2006 Decca / Deutsche Grammophon / Philips / Universal Classics & Jazz
    2006 COE / COE Records CDCOS507
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 4775749
    2006 ASV / COE Records 813
    2006 Philips
    2006 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 4775222
    2006 Linn Records 273
    2006 Brilliant 92867
    2005 Warner Music 4623332
    2005 Warner Classics
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 EMI Classics
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    2005 EMI Classics 76891
    2005 Brilliant 92265
    2005 PentaTone Classics 5186079
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 4775756
    2005 Decca / Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Avie 35
    2004 Elatus 2564615692
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    2004 Avid 605
    2003 Kleos Classics 5123
    2003 Delta Distribution 15875
    2003 Teldec 7453132
    2003 Delta Distribution 40039
    2003 Bravo Records 20126
    2003 Zig Zag Territoires 30501
    2003 Supraphon 36782
    2003 Brilliant 99713
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000002502
    2003 Capriccio Records 71003
    2002 Hyperion 67288
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 469 362-2GTR3
    2002 Capriccio Records 67014
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 568755
    2000 Delta Distribution 49385
    2000 Masters of Art 93832
    2000 Amadis 7058
    2000 Philips 468 116-2PEQ
    2000 Sony Music Distribution 61884
    2000 Agora Musica 197
    2000 Philips 464810
    2000 Decca 466 247-2DF2
    1999 Claves 508205
    1999 Platinum Entertainment 3857
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 415104
    1999 Dutton Laboratories 4005
    1999 Decca 460027
    1999 Erato 3984 27000-2
    1998 Chandos 9656
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 457719
    1997 Point Classics 265055
    1997 MusicMasters 67157
    1997 Michele Audio 1006
    1997 Otello 1014
    1996 Capriccio Records 10579
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 62652
    1996 Supraphon 3053
    1996 IMP Classics 2047
    1995 St. Clair 14152
    1995 St. Clair 14102
    1995 Gallo 499
    1995 London 443176
    1995 Laserlight 15875
    1995 Curb 78014
    1995 Madacy 5601
    1995 Arcobaleno 9324
    1995 Sony Music Distribution 23161
    1994 Koch Schwann 310222
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 628122
    1994 Madacy 1059
    1994 RCA 61927
    1994 IMP Classics 77
    1993 Erato 91724
    1993 Denon Records 79281
    1993 Deutsche Grammophon 437 647-2GGA
    1992 RCA 60286
    1992 Teldec 77603
    1992 Naxos 550345
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 64355
    1991 Caprice Records 21411
    1991 Orfeo 223911
    1991 Deutsche Grammophon 431 665-2GX3
    1991 Philips 422509
    1990 Deutsche Grammophon 429816
    1990 Deutsche Grammophon 4236232
    1989 Philips 422390
    1989 RCA 60379
    1989 Albany Music Distribution TROY201-2
    1988 Deutsche Grammophon 431284
    1988 Decca 417 622-2OH
    Fidelio 5005
    Vivace 331
    Stradivari 6125
    Forlane 16747
    Vivace 315
    Gemini Collection 616
    Lydian 18058
    Brilliant 92627
    Donau 8058
    EXL 4254
    EXT 3009
    Musical Heritage Society 513970
    Pilz 160406
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    Brilliant Classics 93669/21
    Supraphon 0001
    Iron Needle 1400
    Angel Records 567601-2
    MusicMasters 67191
    ASV 813
    Eufoda 1234
    Supraphon 111935
    White Label 83
    Pro-Arte Records 924
    Stradivari 6100
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