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SCO - Mozart Divertimento & Oboe Quartet - Hi-Fi News

01 May 2012
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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%

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