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Mozart: Wind Concertos / Guerrier, Leleux, Meyer, Et Al


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 32627   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLeopold Mozart
Performer:  Paul MeyerDavid GuerrierFrançois Leleux
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Mozart's Clarinet Concerto now familiar in its restored original form for basset clarinet, performances on the standard clarinet tend to leave me hankering after the basset clarinet's wonderfully treacly chalumeau notes. A player of Jack Brymer's wisdom and poetic insight can temporarily make me forget what I'm missing in the traditional version. Paul Meyer, on this new disc, doesn't quite do that, though he certainly plays beautifully, with smooth, silken tone, immaculate dynamic control and unfailingly sensitive phrasing. Among other felicities are his delicate, wistful inflections in the first-movement development, and his rarefied pianissimo in the reprise of the Adagio. Yet both Brymer and, playing on a basset clarinet, Wolfgang Read more Meyer (no relation) respond more acutely to the shadows that pass across the Concerto serene surface, especially in the finale: where Paul Meyer skips along eagerly, Wolfgang uses his instrument's added bass depth, and a rather less zestful tempo, to explore the music's dark, melancholy recesses.

Darkness and melancholy have no place, of course, in the lightweight Oboe Concerto. François Leleux gives a thoroughly delightful performance, sweet and pure of tone, nimble of articulation and relishing the work's airy grace and puckish wit. Playing on a period oboe, Hans-Peter Westermann gives a rather more reflective performance, a valid alternative view. What is undeniable, here and in the Clarinet Concerto, is the extra pungency and inventiveness of Harnoncourt's accompaniments compared with the spruce but slightly bland playing of the Paris orchestra.

Completing this Gallic survey of wind concertos by Mozart father and son, David Guerrier shows himself equally accomplished on the horn and trumpet. His beauty of tone and subtle control of colour create the best case for Leopold's potentially tedious Trumpet Concerto. But while his refined, understated approach to the Horn Concerto K495 (the one with the finale immortalised by Flanders and Swann) brings rewards in the first two movements, it does slightly mute the finale's fun and mischief. Virgin's recording is perfectly acceptable, though orchestral wind detail tends to be soaked up by the strings in the tuttis.

-- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [4/2006]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Paul Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Guerrier (French Horn)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  François Leleux (Oboe)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Alto Trombone in D major by Leopold Mozart
Performer:  David Guerrier (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concerto in A major K622: I Allegro
Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio: Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio
Clarinet Concerto in A major K622: III Rondo (Allegro)
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major K495: I. Allegro moderato
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major K495: II. Romance (Andante)
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major K495: III. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Oboe Concerto in C major K271a - Ferlendis: I Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major K271a - Ferlendis: II Andante ma non troppo
Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 271: III. Allegro: Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 271: III. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D Major: I - Adagio
Trumpet Concerto in D Major: II. Allegro moderato: Mozart: Trumpet Concerto in D Major: II. Allegro moderato

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