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Mozart - Dans un bois solitaire... / Pierlot, Allard, Devémy, et al

Release Date: 12/05/2006 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 800   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pierre LefebvrePierre PierlotMaurice AllardJean Devemy,   ... 
Conductor:  Fernand OubradousArthur Goldschmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fernand Oubradous Chamber OrchestraLamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MOZART Symphonie concertante, K 297b. 1 Quintet for Piano and Winds, K 452. 2 Oboe Concerto, K 314. 3 Dans un bois solitaire. 4 An Chloe. 5 Die Verschweigung 6 Fernand Oubradous, Read more cond; 1 Arthur Goldschmidt, cond; 3 O des Concerts Lamoureux; 1,3 Pierre Pierlot (ob); 1,2,3 Pierre Lefebvre (cl); 1 Jean Devémy (hn); 1,2 Maurice Allard (bn); 1,2 Irène Joachim (sop); 4,5,6 Yvette Grimaud (pn); 2 Ludwig Bergmann (pn); 4,5 Jean Germain (pn) 6 ALPHA 800 (75:23)

Behind this imposing stack of headnotes is a historic collection of Mozart performances, made between 1938 (the first two songs) and 1951, and taken from the archives of Radio France. As must be clear, those were difficult years for music, and for life itself, in France. In the notes, Yvette Grimaud remembers that the Quintet recording was made (in 1948) when she was eating one meal a day. No one quite knew how the music they were making was going to be issued, and no one spoke about money. No one in fact spoke; they communicated through music, and seemed otherwise dumfounded.

So this is a holy recording to her. It is also eloquent, though not perfect. One hears in the first movement of the Piano Quintet the elegance of the winds, the sensitivity of the pianist, but one also hears Grimaud rush through several phrases, perhaps to give the sense of lightness, but disconcerting nonetheless. And one hears a prominent fluff by the usually impeccable horn, Jean Devémy. (There was of course no possibility of fixing such minor gaffes.) I find those problems more than compensated for by the beauty of the slow movement, in which horns and piano play with what Grimaud calls “serene amplitude.”

The Oboe Concerto and Symphonie concertante, featuring many of the same musicians, are similarly satisfying, though the sound of the concerto seems unnecessarily distant for a recording made, even on 78s, in 1951. I am less taken with the tremulous singing of Irène Joachim: she sounds a bit like the oboists of old, wavering and Victorian.

This is a collection for wind enthusiasts, I conclude, and as such, historically interesting as well as musically satisfying.

FANFARE: Michael Ullman
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Works on This Recording

Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pierre Lefebvre (Clarinet), Pierre Pierlot (Oboe), Maurice Allard (Bassoon),
Jean Devemy (French Horn)
Conductor:  Fernand Oubradous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fernand Oubradous Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean Devemy (French Horn), Ulysse Delecluse (Clarinet), Pierre Pierlot (Oboe),
Yvette Grimaud (Piano), Maurice Allard (Bassoon)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pierre Pierlot (Oboe)
Conductor:  Arthur Goldschmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Dans un bois solitaire, K 308 (295b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Iréne Joachim (Soprano), Ludwig Bergmann (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777-1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
An Chloë, K 524 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ludwig Bergmann (Piano), Iréne Joachim (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Die Verschweigung, K 518 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Iréne Joachim (Soprano), Jean Germain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1947 

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