WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Mozart: Wind Serenades / Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists


Release Date: 03/18/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555943   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program, three Mozart Divertimentos and the searching C minor wind Serenade K. 388, balances light-hearted entertainment-genre works against the darkly passionate utterances of the latter. The Oslo players favor rapid, agile tempos in the lively Allegro of K. 227 and in the zestful finale (Presto) of K. 252. Their direct and forceful style, highlighted by pointed articulation and tonguing, seems ideal. The recording picks up some key-noise, especially in running passages--an annoyance for some, heightened realism and immediacy for others. This brisk, punchy approach gives unexpected rigor to the minuets, but also contributes to a highly imaginative account of the stylish variations that (unusually) open the F major Divertimento K. 253. Read more The two bassoons, who have important roles here, are excellent.


In the C minor Serenade, the closely focused sonics significantly bolster the urgent, impulsive manner of the performance. After the incisive unison start, the first movement is thrusting and dramatic, with dynamics carefully observed and maximal contrast attained in the radiant second subject, highlighted by superb phrasing from the first oboe. The Andante is capably done, but more coolly than in the performance by Consortium Classicum on EMI, where there's more individuality and distinctiveness from denser-toned clarinets and softer-edged horns.


The Oslo recording, with its clearer perspectives, makes canonic writing in the vehement Minuet terse and austere-sounding, but you may prefer Consortium Classicum's more genial and imaginative characterizations of the finale's variations. Finally, the Oslo winds' lively, bustling account of the last variation, in bright tonic major, is quicker and also more brilliant, completing a fine budget release. [6/11/2002]
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Divertimento for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns in B flat major, K Anh. 227 (C17.02) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: Classical 
2.
Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns no 12 in E flat major, K 252 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns no 13 in F major, K 253 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Divertimento in B flat major, K. Anh. 227: I. Allegro
Divertimento in B flat major, K. Anh. 227: II. Menuetto
Divertimento in B flat major, K. Anh. 227: III. Adagio
Divertimento in B flat major, K. Anh. 227: IV. Menuetto
Divertimento in B flat major, K. Anh. 227: V. Finale: Andantino
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 252: I. Andante
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 252: II. Menuetto
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 252: III. Polonaise: Andante
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 252: IV. Presto
Divertimento in F major, K. 253: I. Thema (con Variazioni): Andante
Divertimento in F major, K. 253: II. Menuetto
Divertimento in F major, K. 253: III. Allegro assai
Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: I. Allegro
Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: II. Andante
Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: III. Menuetto in canone
Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: IV. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In