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Mozart: Flute Concerto K 313, Etc / Grafenauer, Marriner


Release Date: 01/01/1980 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422339   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irena GrafenauerMaria Graf
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An exquisite work composed when Mozart was in Paris in the late 1770s, the Concerto for flute and harp is for obvious reasons a rarity in the concert hall, but it has been well served by the gramophone, and a performance by James Galway and Marisa Robles is also reviewed in this issue (see above). Here it is played with verve and sensitivity by Irena Grafenauer and Maria Graf—young artists born in the 1950s, the former in Ljubljana and the latter in Munich—who find excellent support in the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. The brisk tempo for the initial Allegro brings out its sparkle more than the rather deliberate approach of Galway and Robles and I also like the playing of the firstmovement cadenza composed Read more by Reinecke. The Andantino is similarly poised yet flowing and the finale dances as it should. The recorded sound here is fresh, natural and altogether attractive, whereas for Galway and his colleagues it is rather heavy and reverberant.

I like the performance hereof the G major Flute Concerto a little less than the double concerto; despite some vivid playing, the flautist is effortful in its quicker music and the final Tempo di Menuetto seems overbrisk and needing more poise. Grafenauer's cadenzas are somewhat stilted too, while here and elsewhere a close recording of the flute allows her breathing to be distractingly audible. (In the alternative account, Galway too is a little unsubtle in this music but enjoys a more natural balance with his orchestra.) The matter of breathing applies also to the Andante in C major, a quiet piece with Gluckian affinities, but this is nicely done none the less.

-- Gramophone [7/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irena Grafenauer (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irena Grafenauer (Flute), Maria Graf (Harp)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
3.
Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irena Grafenauer (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 

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