The Poetry of the AmadeusApril 29, 2015By charles l. See All My Reviews"This version is more well known in Europe than in the USA for what reasons I ignore, perhaps because of DGG's marketing for the Emerson/ Rostropovich version here in the States, for example? Whatever the case may be, we have here a darker interpretation of this masterpiece that in my opinion is one to remember. As with most of the Amadeus interpretations, the presence of first violin Norbert Branin is keystone, and his influence of playing this work is quite clear: there is a tragic note struck in the interpretation that most other ensembles do not take. As the author of the liner notes remarks, the relationship between love and pain are brought forth in this interpretation, giving it an unexpected profoundness. That is not an accident with a world-famous ensemble that played together for 40 years: this is one of their last recordings as a group. So what's up? I like this version for the thought-provoking interpretation offered. Is it appropriate? Contrast it to the viennese-authentic version by Walter Weller and friends from the 1970s, and you have two superb interpretations of a masterpiece that are both well worth the time and effort to listen to."Report Abuse
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