It is, of course, a period-instrument recording, and to my ears rather more evidently so than many of those under John Eliot Gardiner. Stephen Plaistow (November 1974), Ronald Brautigam fp Cologne Academy / Michael Alexander Willens. Great Classical Music Gifts for Christmas, The Greatest Composers of the Classical Period, Biography of Ludwig van Beethoven, German Composer, Ensembles: Making Beautiful Music Together, Hommage a Frederic Chopin Meisterstuck Fountain Pen by Mont Blanc, Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos, Vol. Kleiber’s Figaro is a classic of the classics of the gramophone: beautifully played by the Vienna Phil, conducted with poise and vitality and a real sense of the drama unfolding through the music. So, for those of you wanting to skip making several different purchases, you can buy this one box set and easily own a well-rounded Mozart music collection. The three childhood works on these discs – essentially keyboard sonatas with discreet violin support – go through the rococo motions pleasantly enough. 25 in G minor mp3 by the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1950 recording), Liber Liber This page was last edited on 1 December 2020, at 19:59 (UTC). Thomas Allen conveys, by voice alone the saturnine quality of his Giovanni, even without the help of his leering, daemonic portrayal. Moving forward to Symphony No. Sols incl Schrott, Persson, Finley; The Royal Opera / Antonio Pappano. The enterprise acquires a certain internationalism from the use of Jaap Schroder, the Dutch violinist, to lead the orchestra (and in fact to direct it jointly with the harpsichordist, Christopher Hogwood), and from the use of Neal Zaslaw, a professor of music at Cornell University, as musicological consultant, to advise on such matters as editions and texts, the proper forces to use for the most authentic realization of each symphony, and the physical disposition of those forces (over which contemporary practices were followed: it may not have much direct effect on the sound one hears, except in such obvious matters as having first and second violins on opposite sides, but it certainly affects the way the performers interrelate while playing). These include two new Mozart recordings; a new version of his landmark Beethoven symphony cycle plus a new collection of Beethoven concertos; a DVD of Abbado in Concert; as well as a new CD compilation, for which Abbado himself made the selections. Symphony - Symphony - Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart raised the symphony to heights that in many respects remain unsurpassed. Hearing of Abbado’s death as I write these words turns the pleasure of hearing it into something altogether more bittersweet. These are unusually expansive works, their first movements each close on 15 minutes’ music, prolific in their thematic matter and richly developed. Fischer’s Mozartian work is less hyped (and less polemical) than the corresponding efforts by René Jacobs, whose recent Idomeneo typified how superb period-instrument playing and a prestigious cast might still be greeted with mixed admiration from sceptics inclined to deplore scattered iconoclastic whimsies. Whether in its original Sextet incarnation, performed here, or its later Octet version, this is music that both celebrates and, as Mozart surely knew, far transcends the tradition of al fresco Harmoniemusik. Hillevi Martinpelto, the Swedish soprano who made such an impression in the last BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year, is a properly impetuous Elettra who has no trouble with either the eloquent (''Idol mio'') or crazed side of the character and whose vocal allure will take her far. Nevertheless, their skilled dovetailing and intelligent use of tone colour speak of symbiosis. Nalen Anthoni (September 2008), Arabella Steinbacher vn Festival Strings Lucerne / Daniel Dodds. Lindsay Kemp (February 2008), Arthur Grumiaux, Arpad Gérecz vns Georges Janzer, Max Lesueur vas Eva Czako vc. 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