Notes and Editorial Reviews
Once past the first movement of the G-Minor Symphony, these performances are really very nice. The opening of the symphony, however, is taken at a breakneck speed that is really quite inappropriate to the main idea of the piece. Through the rest of the symphony, as well as the other two works on the disc, Schiff seems much more relaxed and elicits beautifully shaped and detailed playing from the Northern Sinfonia. No one can rival the warmth of Klemperer's performance of the Symphony No. 29, but Schiff comes awfully close—at least in the slow movement. The highlight of the disc is, however, the performance of “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.“ Under Schiff, as might be expected, the strings of the Northern Sinfonia play with great precision and
lovely tone. But there is also a great deal of care in the shaping of phrases and in the articulation of individual ideas. Listeners who have heard this piece hundreds of times will probably be quite surprised by how absorbing such a finely detailed performance of this familiar work can be. Even though Schiff takes all the repeats—including that of the second part of the opening movement—the energy and the sparkle never let up. With excellent sound, a bargain price, and at least one first-rate performance, this is a disc well worth investigating.
-- Richard Burke, FANFARE [9/1993] Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs.
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