Gramophone's Top Choice: Mackerras's Mozart
Find out why Gramophone named Sir Charles Mackerras's recording of Symphony No. 40 as its top choice
The September issue of BBC Music Magazine features 'Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures' as its 'Recording of the Month'! As well as a sterling review, the album has also been awarded five stars both for performance and sound. Here are a few choice words from reviewer David Nice:
‘Mozart packed with character - Elizabeth Watts hits new heights with this superb disc.'
'..thanks to the fresh approach of its exceptional soprano, orchestra and conductor...you can play it all through at one sitting without ever tiring at Mozart's resourcefulness.'
'That the overtures are as much of a pleasure to listen to as the arias is thanks to the exceptional qualities of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) under conductor Christian Baldini - never rushing, usually finding the perfect tempo in common with his and Robin Ticciati's predecessor in perfect SCO Mozart, Sir Charles Mackerras.'
'Watt's discreet ornamentation, unforced tone and careful vocal emphasis all seem nigh-on perfect.'
BBC Music Magazine is not alone in singing the praises of this wonderful recording:
CD of the Week: ‘Now you could call it a marriage made in musical heaven - the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has impeccable Mozart credentials.' Classic FM
‘The glorious voice of Elizabeth Watts...Christian Baldini makes an impressive recording debut with the SCO, bringing real drive and focus...Thrilling stuff.' The Guardian
‘Thrilling playing from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make this an essential disc in a crowded market... The results are giddily exciting.' Sinfini
‘[Watt's] bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart...This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.' AllMusic.com