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Mozart: Flute Concertos / Bezaly, Kangas, Ostrobothnian Co


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1539   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Also includes BIS Complete 2005 Catalogue!


Naxos' recent issue of Mozart flute concertos featuring Patrick Gallois represents a well-nigh unbeatable bargain, but then so does this new release, offered at an enticing budget price along with a BIS catalog. Of the two soloists, Sharon Bezaly has a slight edge, with her warm, liquid tone and impressive lack of breathiness. She's aptly perky in the quick movements, but she really comes into her own with gorgeous phrasing in the slower music. The central Adagio of the G major concerto is particularly exquisite. The cadenzas, written
Read more for her by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, whose marvelous new flute concerto Bezaly also recorded for BIS, add unusual interest to these performances. They are aptly short, clearly based on Mozart's material, and not at all disrespectful, yet at the same time they are more virtuosic and harmonically adventurous than anything from Mozart's own time. Usually this sort of thing sounds dreadful--consider Schnittke's cadenzas for Beethoven's Violin Concerto, for example; but here it works quite well, perhaps because the music isn't Mozart's absolute best and so benefits from a little foreign spice here and there. Besides, Bezaly plays all of the cadenzas beautifully.

Strictly speaking, this release is complementary to, rather than competitive with, the Naxos issue. First of all, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra eschews the use of harpsichord continuo, a good thing in my opinion, though its presence on the Gallois recording is very well-judged and, unusually, strikes a positive note on the whole. In addition, Gallois offers the Concerto for Flute and Harp, while Bezaly plays the two singleton movements that Mozart wrote for solo flute and orchestra. In both cases the accompaniments are excellent, with perhaps the slight edge in rhythmic precision going to Gallois and crew, and this newcomer holding a small advantage in terms of engineering and natural balances between solo and orchestra (especially in multichannel format).

Happily, at this special price, you can have both discs with no financial pain at all, and that will give you everything that Mozart wrote for flute and orchestra, with the major works in performances individual enough to justify the duplication. And then, unless you are a terminal flute junkie, you need never worry about another recording of this music again as long as the universe exists!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

"To both concertos plus the two separate movements...Bezaly brings pure, delicately coloured tone - beautiful throughout it's range - phenomenal agility and breath control, and an impish sense of fun." -- The Gramophone (October, 2005)

"Sharon Bezaly is God's gift to the flute. She doesn't appear to pause at all, and the range of tone colours applied would impress Van Gogh. In Mozart's two flute concertos,performed with the lively Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Juha Kangas, she flies high and silver-bright with a panache and dexterity that few can match in these charming jewels. Eyebrows might be raised at Kalevi Aho's specially written cadenzas, which take Mozart's material well beyond the eighteenth century. But they do have their own piercing beauty and appear to be a natural outcome of Bezaly's expressive artistry. A well engineered disc, and very enjoyable. Bezaly is definitely a good thing." - Geoff Brown, London Times
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Sharon Bezaly plays cadenzas composed by Kalevi Aho. 
2. Concerto for Flute no 2 in D major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Sharon Bezaly plays cadenzas composed by Kalevi Aho. 
3. Rondo for Flute and Strings in D major, K Anh. 184 (373) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313: I. Allegro maestoso
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313: II. Adagio non troppo
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313: III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto
Andante in C major, K. 315
Rondo in D major, K. 184 Anh.: Rondo in D major for Flute and Orchestra, K. 184 Anh.: Allegretto grazioso
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314: I. Allegro aperto
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314: II. Andante ma non troppo
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314: III. Allegro

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