'...And from their glowing first chord to the extravagantly mellow colours of the variations to the deft fizz of the finale, this is seriously impressive playing from students of the Royal Academy of Music under Trevor Pinnock.' The Guardian
'Here, with the more youthful Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, [Pinnock] achieves one of his most distinctive Mozart creations..' All Music
For over four decades Pinnock's name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement and, with a critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer's orchestral works, Mozart.
Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to inspire fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters: Mozart and Haydn.
The 'Gran Partita' is Mozart's largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety. The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas.
The nocturnes of Mozart's mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct. The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime in its fragility.
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'Mozart's 'Gran Partita' is even more moving when Trevor Pinnock conducts...'more >>American Record Guide
'...the RAM Soloists offer a fantastic performance well worth hearing. The group plays with excellent clarity, balance, blend, technique, and intensity.'more >>Fanfare
'... some of the most phenomenal woodwind playing you're ever likely to hear.'more >>Primephonic
'I think this Gran Partita might just come with me to my desert island'more >>Audiophile Audition
'...they give him a warmth in their virtuosity that amounts in Mozart's very seductive Serenade, to sex appeal.'more >>The New Listener
„Dabei sind stets die zentralen Stimmen gut hörbar und lassen einen fein abgewogenen Kontrapunkt entstehen."more >>SWR2
„Trevor Pinnock weist alle Meriten eines großen Mozart-Interpreten auf: Er trifft nicht nur diese aparte klangliche Identität ganz genau, er hat auch ein Gespür für die delikate Phrasierung und für den rhythmischen Impuls, für den Swing dieser Musik - gut zu hören im Finale."more >>Pizzicato
„brillanten...verschwenderisch farbreichen Spiel und einem ebenso beschwingten wie dynamisch reichen Musizieren, einer wunderbaren Klangtransparenz und viel Schwung blühen beide Werke auf und werden zum Maßstab für elegant und raffinierte Bläserkultur.“more >>The Arts Desk
'The sound has a delicious weight and richness. The instrumental colours are nicely blended...Effortless playing - a really enjoyable disc.'more >>The Guardian
'seriously impressive'more >>Gramophone
'a compelling performance [and a] rather winning disc'more >>MusicWeb International
'...delivered with aplomb by Pinnock and his group.'more >>Sid's Classical Reviews
'It's a lovely programme, excellently performed and beautifully recorded.'more >>All Music
'Here, with the more youthful Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, [Pinnock] achieves one of his most distinctive Mozart creations.'more >>