MOZART Le nozze di Figaro: Overture. Symphonies: No. 40; No. 41, “Jupiter” • Jane Glover, cond; Royal PO • ROYAL PHILHARMONIC 28040 (63:12)
This is great Mozart—per se, of course, but also as a set of performances. These are clean, clear performances, original in conception, and interpretively thought-provoking, but devoid of mannerisms. Inner part-writing is clearly discernable andRead more seamlessly presented.
The Le nozze Overture is very spirited, as a good awakener should be. The great G-Minor Symphony (K 550, listed as K 500 on jewel case) opens with verve, eschewing the dragging approach that some conductors mistake for profundity. The exposition repeat is observed, making the movement structurally sound. The slow movement is beautifully drawn, with both repeats omitted, enabling a tightness of conception that, in my view, benefits the music. The third movement is crisp, and the final movement is suitably taut. Here, the second repeat is omitted, which is not my preference.
The final Mozart symphony on this CD is one of the best “Jupiter” readings in my memory. One minor quibble concerns repeats. Although the first movement repeat and the first repeat of the last movement are observed, the “Jupiter” deserves its slow movement repeat, and especially its last movement, second repeat in order to precede the codal contrapuntal explosion more effectively. Clarity of inner part-writing seems to be Jane Glover’s forte, and this is especially welcome in the contrapuntal coda of the “Jupiter.”
Jane Glover is a highly regarded Mozart conductor and choral conductor, and has been closely associated with Glyndebourne opera performances. Her conducting is new to me, so I approached this disc with an open mind. Well, perhaps not so open because I think that women are the equal of men in music performance, and that more women conductors need to be heard from because they have much to teach us; performers are teachers in the full sense.
I recommend this disc highly, because here one can find Mozart newly, and desirably, revealed. This does not often happen to music that has been recorded to distraction.
Glover Great Mozart ConductorMay 2, 2014By Barry L. (Santa Fe, NM)See All My Reviews"As a former Chicago resident, I have heard Jane Glover conduct Mozart with the Music of the Baroque orchestra. She is an outstanding interpreter of Mozart. This is evident in this recording with the Royal Phil. as well. Great recording!"Report Abuse