SCO - Mozart Divertimento & Oboe Quartet - BBC Music Magazine
01 May 2012BBC Music Magazine
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For forerunners of
ambitious wind-and-string chamber works such as the Beethoven Septet and the
Schubert Octet, look no further than Mozart's Salzburg Divertimentos. K334, for
example: scored for four solo strings and two horns; and written in six
movements, including two Minuets, a set of Variations, as well as a slow
movement and March.
This highly enjoyable
performance is directed from the first-violin chair by Alexander Janiczek, who
spins a fine, lithe line, with minimal vibrato, articulating the phrasing with
deft bowing. His lead is followed by his string colleagues, while the two horn
players - on natural, valveless instruments - shift neatly between subdued
background and fanfaring foreground. My only reservations concern the bass
line: while it's clear that Mozart expected a double bass rather than a cello,
the bass player here seems to grunt along in a different acoustic. Perhaps the
generally clear recording fails to integrate him sufficiently with the other
later Oboe Quartet makes an appropriate coupling. Oboist Robin Williams -
seemingly surrounded by more space than his string colleagues - slots well into
the ensemble, with bright, rounded tone and nimble phrasing.
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