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Director and violinist Alexander Janiczek leads principal players from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in this beautifully intimate recording.
Mozart’s writing allows each player to shine and demonstrates the depth of talent within the ensemble, illustrating why this orchestra has had such extensive success with its previous Mozart recordings.
The works on this disc are full of well-known tunes which demonstrate Mozart’s trademark melodic beauty.
Acclaimed oboist, Robin Williams, gives a dazzling performance of the composer’s great masterpiece.
This is the fourteenth recording in the orchestra’s hugely successful partnership with Linn Records, a series that includes the award-winning Mozart Symphonies recordings with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
Alexander Janiczek is a highly sought after director, soloist, guest leader and chamber musician who in addition to his appointment at the SCO, is a guest director of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg.
The Orchestra has a large UK fan base following recent performances in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Inverness and Aberdeen.
The SCO has an impressive recording history including a Grammy-nominated set of Brahms Symphonies, winning the Orchestral category of the BBC Awards in 2009 and a 2011 ECHO Klassik Award for its Mozart recordings, in addition to much critical acclaim.
Divertimento in D KV445 & 334 - Marcia
Theme and Variations KV334/03
Menuetto KV 334/04
Adagio KV 334/05
Oboe Quartett in F KV370: Allegro
“These musicians inflect the extremes as they do the nooks and crannies in between...Robin Williams adds his own voice, his tone plangent yet subtly faceted, his phrasing shaped to reflect the feeling he puts into his playing. The slow movement, also in D minor, is most emotive. You're unlikely to regret buying this exquisite disc.”
“One of the best features about this performance is the attention to the exchanges between instruments...Robin Williams plays [the oboe part] very much in this spirit, also favouring rather quick tempos and light phrasing...Janiczek and the Scottish players treat [the Quartet] lightly, as entertainment music even if of the highest quality...An enjoyable, well-considered recording.”
“Here Mozart's sparkling textures receive an affectionate spring clean that works wonders in clarifying his genius for musical interplay. Oboist Robin Williams leads a delightful performance of the Quartet that radiates charm during the buoyant outer movements. A fine coupling that captures Mozart's inestimable skill and irrepressible charm.”
“This highly enjoyable performance is directed from the first-violin chair by Alexander Janiczek, who spins a fine, lithe line, with minimal vibrato, articulating the phrasing with deft bowing. His lead is followed by his string colleagues, while the two horn players - on natural, valveless instruments - shift neatly between subdued background and fanfaring foreground.”
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