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Mozart: Youth Symphonies Vol. 1 - Marriner

Mozart: Youth Symphonies Vol. 1 - Marriner

PentaTone RQR  PTC 5186 112

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Mozart: Symphony Nos. 7a, 12, 18 & Symphony in G "Neue Lambacher"

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

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Review by John Broggio - September 8, 2012

A wonderful trip down memory lane.

This release shows, in many respects, how ahead of the times (or behind them if one wishes to ignore the "aberrations" of mid-late C20 mainstream performance practice!) Sir Neville Marriner was in his Mozartian credentials. Drawing playing that is both light and full of vigour, Marriner & his ASMF imbue this simple but still astonishing music with wonderful musicianship. Compared to HIP of today, there is more vibrato with consequently fuller tone and the brass are modern whereas many return to the valveless equivalents of Mozart's time (a kind of hybrid approach). Tempo, antiphonal violins and phrasing considerations are still remarkably contemporary with the ideas we have today and altogether the listening experience is very enjoyable.

The music itself deserves a small comment. When one hears a contemporary Classical composer of Mozart's, even these early works of Mozart's completely outclass his putative rivals and it is stunningly easy to appreciate why he was feted within his own lifetime and why that adoration has never diminished.

The recording has aged remarkably well and stands up to close scrutiny very well indeed.

Recommended.

Copyright © 2012 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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