“Another winner of PentaTone!… The SACD of Mozart wind concertos was recorded in the warm acoustics of Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam September 20-22, 2005. The orchestra consists of players from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the sterling soloists are first desk players—need more be said? The sound here is 5 channel, with the soloists well balanced against the small orchestra.”
“Mozart’s delightful First Horn Concerto is brief, having two delightful fast movements, but no intervening andante or adagio. In this performance, it takes less than nine minutes. The remaining three concertos follow the conventional fast-slow-fast pattern, with Mozart’s unfailing invention offering something to delight the ears on every page. On all counts—music, performance, sound, and annotation—this is an excellent CD.”
“Vivid interpretations of these lovely concertos”
“Marvellous!….The availability of this release as a hybrid SACD could just tip the balance for you.”
International Record Review
“The performances are stylish and idiomatic, while employing modern instruments. Sound in SACD mode is warm and accurate, with notable spaciousness and savory timbres, especially in the solos. The disc also sounds fine played on a conventional stereo system….On all counts—music, performance, sound, and annotation—this is an excellent CD.”
“All four concertos make a fine program, illustrating the unending imagination and creativity Mozart could so easily summon up.”
Within this disc's fairly daggy cover resides music which is anything but lacklustre.
The first thing that struck me upon playing this disc was the open and bright sound of the orchestra, not doubt enhanced
by the acoustics of Waalse Kerk, while maintaining the warm and coherent sound of the bass section. The disc is wonderfully engineered
to give an intimate experience of the small orchestra.
The soloists are first rate. The horn suitably exuberant, Emily Beynon's flute luscious and the Adagio of the oboe concerto
delightfully plaintive without being in the least duck-like. But the surprise and delight for me was the mellifluous timbre of the
bassoon; not often heard as a solo instrument. All in all a very pink Mozart.