SCO - Mozart Divertimento & Oboe Quartet - Early Music Review
01 December 2011Early Music Review
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I listened to this
for the first time while baking apple strudel cake - I had been slightly
puzzled that, having been sent it, Clifford had opted to send it to me for review.
Linn are 'Record Label of the Year' and we have praised all of their previous
recordings (without exception, I think), but I wondered if modern instrument
Mozart really was for these pages. As it happens, however, this is very much a
21st-century HIP performance - the forces are minimal and my ears detected the
natural horns in K.334 before I read about them in the notes. In fact, my ears
also picked up the finely played (and recorded) double bass line, perfectly
complementing the exceptionally clean and graceful playing of the of the upper
strings. It should not have surprised me, I suppose, because The Scottish
Chamber Orchestra has always taken the HIP approach to 'Beethoven and before'.
If I am never going to be a fan of the sound of the modern oboe (sorry to the
player concerned!), I must admit that the reading of the Oboe Quartet is as
fine as the Divertimento, and I have no doubt that this disc will be editor's
choice in many other magazines and get lots of air time. If only all the
world's chamber orchestras had this approach!
Related LinksAlexander JaniczekScottish Chamber OrchestraMozart: Divertimento K.334 & Oboe Quartet K.370