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MOZART: Symphonies & Concertos

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MOZART: Symphonies & Concertos
MOZART: Symphonies & Concertos


With reissues of music from Haydn to Sibelius, Eloquence has returned to availability much of the recorded legacy of Eduard van Beinum, the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in the post-war years. This is the first time that his complete Mozart studio recordings have been gathered together in a single issue, and they have been newly remastered for the occasion. Van Beinum prized warmth over clarity, according to some of his musicians, but there is no lack of incisive attack in Classical repertoire such as the previous reissue of Haydn symphonies (4768483). Of the three symphonies presented here, No. 33 KV 319 was a particular favourite of Van Beinums: he performed it more than any other Mozart symphony, and this 1951 recording is an object demonstration of the art of orchestral legato, relaxed and easy-going in mood even in the momentum of the opera-buffa-style finale. The soloists in the Clarinet Concerto and the Flute and Harp Concerto were the orchestras principals in those instruments, resulting in a memorably collegial atmosphere to these sessions in May and June 1957, which were the conductors last Mozart recordings before his death two years later. The C minor Piano Concerto was recorded at the earliest sessions here, in September 1948, when Van Beinums sober intelligence and immaculate sense of style were complemented by the British pianist Kathleen Long. A fascinating booklet note by Niek Nelissen details the history of these recordings and of the conductors warm relationship with his musicians, including several personal testimonials: one violinist pays tribute to the more flowing lines of van Beinums art, which disregarded barlines to craft interpretations of outstanding suppleness and spontaneity. This Haffner Symphony boasts an aptly festive pomp tempered with a stylish transparency and grace not always present in the accounts of such admired Mozartians as Beecham and Walter. Fanfare, September/October 2003 The performance of the [Flute and Harp] Concerto is delightful, and flautist Hubert Barwahser is splendid here. Pia Berghout coaxes from the instrument a surprisingly wide range of dynamics and colours, she can very effectively suggest legato in melodic lines, and plays with a great deal of rhythmic vitality. Fanfare, July/August 1997 The balance between piano and orchestra, the clean, sensitive style of playing, the actual size of the orchestra, are all so right, so completely Mozartian in proportion, that this recording can be held up as a model. Gramophone, March 1949 (Piano Concerto KV 491) * FIRST RELEASE ON DECCA CD


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  2. Concerto For Flute, Harp And Orchestra In C Major, KV 299
  3. Symphony No. 29 In A Major, KV 201
  4. Symphony No. 33 In B Flat Major, KV 319*
  5. Symphony No. 35 In D Major, KV 385 Haffner
  6. Piano Concerto No. 24 In C Minor, KV 491*
  7. Concerto For Clarinet And Orchestra In A Major, KV 622*
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