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Mozart: Posthorn Serenade K 320, Serenata Notturna K 239, Etc / Davis, Heyerick, Et Al


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93292   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Florian HeyerickSir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Chamber OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Serenades: No. 6 in D, “Serenata notturna”; 1 No. 9 in D, “Posthorn”; 1 No. 13 in G, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” 2 Colin Davis, cond; 1 Florian Heyerick, cond; 2 Bavarian RSO; 1 Mannheim Read more Kurpfälzisches CO 2 BRILLIANT 93292 (70:61)


The most significant item here, of course, is the “Posthorn,” a masterpiece of its kind and one that understandably has not wanted for first-class recordings. I reviewed this one in 18:2 when it was initially released by RCA, noting that, fine as it is, Davis does not quite match the apt animation of accounts by Abbado and Szell. This minor shortcoming typifies much of Davis’s work in German studios, particularly his Mozart, which proved inferior to the Mozart recordings he made earlier in England. As this is his only recorded version of the work, however, one must accept it on its own terms as a tasteful, well-played, but rather cool and slightly understated reading. The less significant “Serenata notturna” is quite similar to one Davis recorded in England in the early 1960s that EMI reissued in 1990—more “correct” than witty, but nonetheless fine. The Heyerick account of “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” is, in the main, refreshing—light and animated, using a small ensemble of modern strings playing with minimal vibrato. But it has a few awkward rhythmic ruptures that are utterly misplaced. In short, this release, if not offering the last word on this repertoire, may prove worthwhile for anyone seeking these well-recorded works at a bargain price.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Florian Heyerick,  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Florian Heyerick,  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Florian Heyerick,  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 

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