A little over six months ago, Hans-Martin Linde's Mozart, the first recording of the flute concertos on period instruments, appeared on EMI, and with it a cautious recommendation from SS. Hogwood's Academy have followed with the second in a more seductive compilation more beguilingly played; though, so far as the flute concerto is concerned, I cannot applaud very much more loudly.
The Concerto, K313 does have a much sharper profile and cleaner contours, largely because of the firm and very audible harpsichord direction of Hogwood himself, as compared with Linde's own soft-focus direction. But, although the orchestral playing is more incisive, even acerbic at times, Lisa Beznosiuk's flute playing is hardly less retiring thanRead more Linde's. The orchestra have to make rapid decrescendos to allow it to surface and, although her slow movement, with its quicker appoggiaturas, has a spritely grace which Linde's lacks, it still points to the need for soloists to soak themselves in Mozart's vocal arias before they attempt his instrumental ones.
Beznosiuk's cadenzas are neater, more spry and to the point than Linde's; and her Andante in C is an unmitigated delight. Whereas Linde was all but submerged by the string textures, Hogwood finds proper balance and Beznosiuk herself a fragile, most affecting poise in highly sensitive phrasing.
Hogwood's acute ear for balance of texture has much to offer the Flute and Harp Concerto, too. Its lively, transparent chamber music-making arrests the attention long before the soloists enter; and when they do, it is a joy to hear such weightless, fluently articulated harp playing as Francis Kelly's, which delights in every possible opportunity for the play of chiaroscuro with the flute.
There are uneven moments in this recording, and it is at times dogged by that relentlessly over-emphatic sense of rhythm which is a Hogwood trademark. It is, without doubt, its overall compilation which commends it, and Danny Bond's witty Bassoon Concerto completes a programme as balanced in repertoire as it is in ensemble and in quality of recording.
Buy thisAugust 18, 2014By William L. (Lake Charles, LA)See All My Reviews"The music just flows and brims with sublime aural tantalization. The harpist is most pronounced, and the flautist provide plenty of pleasure for an experience of Mozart that surpasses few. Hogwood directs the orchestra with mastery. This is by far the best recording of the flute and harp concerto I have ever heard. Buy this recording."Report Abuse