SCO - Mozart Divertimento & Oboe Quartet - Hi-Fi News
01 May 2012Hi-Fi News
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Masterpiece though K334 is, Mozart would not have expected
it to be heard with the attentiveness of today's audiences. (Nor, for that
matter, with the weight of full orchestral strings and dragging speeds imposed
by Karajan!) With two natural horns and just five strings, Janiczek leads a
performance - never for a moment too long - that conveys the composer's
impishness as well as the ingenuity of his writing. They preface it with the related March
K445. The finely separated recording
from the Scottish Music Academy, Glasgow, allows one, for instance, to relish
the phrasing and bit of Nikita Naumov's double-bass playing. Consider this Linn recording as digital
counterpart to the superb Decca stereo from 1961 by the Vienna Octet [SXL2280].
A spirited account of the Oboe Quartet is a bonus here.
Sound Quality: 90%
Related LinksAlexander JaniczekScottish Chamber OrchestraMozart: Divertimento K.334 & Oboe Quartet K.370