Posts tagged as "wolfgang-amadeus-mozart"

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 5

April 29, 2016

Among the many recordings of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos, this one, with the late Iona Brown directing the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields from the violin, has lain dormant for far too long. Gramophone magazine welcomed it with the words: ‘a series which is outstanding for its freshness and spontaneity in a […]

Haydn, Hummel, Mozart: Oboe Concertos

April 29, 2016

These peerless recordings of Oboe Concertos are despatched with beautiful clarity by Ernest Rombout both playing the oboe and directing the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.

Mozart: Symphony No. 36; Eine kleine Nachtmusik; March in C; Overtures

April 29, 2016

This collection brings together a miscellany of orchestral works. In addition to the symphony, there’s Mozart’s most popular Serenade – ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ – in a gloriously cushioned performance, plus five overtures. Four of these are lifted from the double-LP set ‘Mozart Opera Festival’ while that for ‘Cosi’ comes from the complete opera set.

Mozart Opera Festival

April 29, 2016

In 1971, Istvan Kertesz went into the studio with an array of opera singers with whom he enjoyed performing to make a recording of arias, duets and ensembles from Mozart’s most popular operas. The results, in terms of characterisation and energy, are in a class of their own and what’s more, the stellar singers blend […]

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 25, 29, 35

April 29, 2016

Elegantly-turned performances of these symphonies with Kertesz revelling in the romantic ethos to which these works point. The recordings are rich, warm and beautifully balanced.

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 33, 39, 40

April 29, 2016

Robust and red-blooded performances of the later symphonies here, pointing unashamedly to the Romantic era. The opening of No. 39, especially, has few rivals in terms of intensity and the way Kertesz balances light and shade.

Mozart: Motets

April 29, 2016

Mozart was brought up at the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and the music of the Roman Catholic liturgy was central to his early experience. Salzburg had its own ecclesiastical musical traditions, dating back well into the seventeenth century with such men as Andreas Hofer, Heinrich Biber and Georg Muffat; more immediately relevant to […]

Mozart, Weber, Spohr: Clarinet Concertos

April 29, 2016

Gervase de Peyer was one of the leading clarinet players in the 1960s, making several recordings as both soloist and chamber-music player for L’Oiseau-Lyre. Three of his most critically-acclaimed recordings – concertos by Mozart, Weber and Spohr – are offered here, all performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Violin Sonatas

April 29, 2016

This must surely be a unique event in recording history! In 1959, Arthur Grumiaux went into the studios to overdub – as both violinist and pianist – the Mozart and Brahms Violin Sonatas on this recording. A bold venture of its kind in instrumental classical music and on two such different instruments, the recording has […]

Mozart: Symphony No. 38; Thamos: Interludes; German Dances

April 29, 2016

Peter Maag’s celebrated recording of the Mozart ‘Prague’ Symphony (widely requested for reissue, internationally), now presented in a stunning remaster from the original tapes, leads into a program of Mozart rarities – the Overture to ‘Lucio Silla’ (itself in the shape of a miniature symphony), the imposing ‘Thamos’ interludes and then a charming selection of […]

Standing Ovation – Popular Overtures

April 29, 2016

A thrilling collection of Overtures and Preludes (with some popular orchestral pieces thrown in for good measure) from Zubin Mehta. As a showman of the best variety, his recordings remain one of the Decca catalogue’s richest legacies with more than half of this collection released on CD for the first time.

Haydn: ‘Emperor’ & ‘Lark’ String Quartets; Mozart: ‘Hunt’ String Quartet

April 28, 2016

Quartetto Italiano made critically-acclaimed recordings of the complete string quartets of Mozart and Haydn. The group recorded almost exclusively for Philips Classics, leaving a legacy admired for its insight and technical brilliance. Two of Haydn’s and one of Mozart’s nicknamed compositions are here offered as a single album.