The Scottish Chamber Orchestra continues their hugely successful series of Mozart recordings, following on from Mozart Symphonies 38-41. Austrian-born violinist Alexander Janiczek directs the SCO in a fine performance of the rarely recorded ‘Colloredo' Serenade and Divertimento K. 251. The 'Colloredo' Serenade, written for Hieronymous, Count von Colloredo, who was elected Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg in 1772, shows the eighteen-year-old Mozart writing in an easy, informal style, but showing great originality.
The Divertimento K. 251, in the same key as the Serenade and similarly designed for summer entertainment, is full of spirited, catchy themes and dance music. It contains some delightful surprises! The SCO uses a stylish combination of modern instruments (except for natural trumpets), and period influences such as selective vibrato that results in clear textures and an exciting, entertaining performance in the natural acoustic of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.
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The SCO, at the time fresh from recording the late Mozart symphonies with Sir Charles Mackeras, is on top form here.Muzyka21
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"...der technische und künstlerische Standard bleibt hoch..."more >>BBC Music Magazine
"...played here with unfailing musicality."more >>Gramofon
Great review from the Hungarian publicationmore >>Gramophone
"The interpretation of the Divertimento is of uniform excellence..."more >>MusicOMH
"...the cadential passages allow the soloist to drift high, into the bright, cleansing realm of the heavens."more >>Pizzicato
"Nur zu empfehlen!"more >>The Herald
Deliciously subversive.more >>The Times (Knowledge)
"This is Mozart full of subtlety and finesse."more >>International Record Review
"CDs like this new one...are welcome at any time of the year."more >>Guardian
...the whole thing is beautifully played...more >>Classic FM Magazine
"Janiczek plays with spirit."more >>Opus Musica
"...dan la impresión de comerse la música a bocados y disfrutar un montón con ella."more >>AudioVideoHD
"Excelentes"more >>BBC Online
"...crisp, cohesive playing, delivered with a proper sense of fun."more >>The Scotsman
"No pretensions; just the simple delight of exquisite music."more >>The Observer
"...Alexander Janiczek playing superbly..."more >>Politiken
"...musik med charme og underfundige smil..."more >>Audiophile Audition
"A delightful pairing...Mozart on a sunny day"more >>SA-CD.net
"Exhilarating...invigorating...Highly recommended."more >>