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New electronic music in the spirit of Mozart In the decades after Mozart’s death there were several vain attempts to catalogue his compositions. It was not though until 1862 that Ludwig von Köchel finally succeeded in creating the complete and most respected catalogue of Mozart’s work. The Work Directory, the “Köchelverzeichnis” is what the abbreviation “KV” stands for. For example, the Piano Concerto in A major (Piano Concerto No. 23) is often referred to simply as „KV.488“. Now WE say that, on the other hand, the Köchelverzeichnis was only created AFTER Mozart’s death and so essentially it should be OK to maybe just add an item? Admittedly we are not talking about original works of W. A. Mozart here. Rather you will find him blinking around the corner now and then, shimmering through a melody. But he is there, after all. Humorous, subtle, serious, carrying us away in his rhythmically as well as melodically intuitive way! Enchanting but never shallow! This is made sure by the two DJs and electronic artists ‘Sweet Susie’ and ‘Manni Montana’.
Working intensively with Mozart’s originals, KV 2006 is ‘almost’ a remix album and a successor of “Mozart Revisited” by The Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band (Q0502-2) released in 2005.
Conductor Christian Kardeis meticulously orchestrated Mozart’s Original Scores with the Vienna Symphonic Library so that Sweet Susie and Manni Montana had all the instrument voices, melodies and the fully blown majestic sound of the Orchestra right there at their fingertips. They also used selected tracks from the Big Band recording, blending those elements together with their own breaks, beats, dub effects and grooving bass lines. A synthesis of electronic music, the power sound of a Big Band and the sovereign sonority of a classic orchestra.
And isn’t this the bottom line of Mozart? Not his 250th birthday including all the reminiscences, not his letters to Nannerl, not his early death. But simply his music ‘today’ as fresh as on the first day.
This is where KV 2006 starts. And who knows, maybe the Viennese electronic artists are onto something again and after the First Viennese School of Mozart and Beethoven and the Second School of Arnold Schönberg they are sounding the bell for the third major era of Viennese Music. KV 2006 would make for a perfect start!
Sweet Susie – DJ
Manni Montana – DJ
about the music
Papageno Superstar (Duet Papageno/ Papagena, from the opera “The Magic Flute“, KV 620):
Superstar Papageno is happy and content with his flute, his birds; he talks to Papagena and always has a funky Big Band there to encourage him.
Street Style Symphony (Themes from “Symphony No. 34“, KV 338):
Street Style Symphony is turning Mozart’s original orchestration of Symphony No. 34 upside down! Lead voices become secondary voices, and then, suddenly, together with a piano quotation of Bela Bartok take the racy lead. Street Style!
Don Gionvanni meets Jean Reno (Themes from the opera “Don Giovanni“, KV 527):
Music that is only waiting for the movie to be shot. On the director’s to do list are! An oversized silver screen, thrilling suspense and a big, orchestral show down.
Osmin’s Wonderworld (Themes from “The Abduction from the Seraglio“, KV 384):
Furiously shouting, Osmin, the watchman of the palace, fights a Theremin gone wild!
Satin Sonata (Piano Sonata in C-Major, KV 545):
Certainly THE piano sonata of Mozart. The pianist, chivvied by an unforgiving hard beat putting a spoke in his wheels. He is thrown off, finding his way back… groovy!
Lacrimosa In Space – ambient mix (“Lacrimosa”, “Requiem”, KV 626)
Mozart’s Requiem. A solitaire in music history. Manni Montana’s ambient mix delivers and even underlines its power with all due respect.
Figaro’s Dream (Themes from the opera “Le Nozze Di Figaro”)
A clarinet playing a melody from the overture. As an answer, the oboe comes up with Susanna’s first Aria. Together they surprisingly conjure a whiff of the Orient.
Sonata in A dub (Themes from the Piano Sonata in A-Major, KV 331)
Everybody knows this melody. Here played by a glockenspiel and a soprano saxophone, the melody grows into a groove of trumpets and electronic beats.