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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante grazioso
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130
II. Andantino grazioso
IV. Molto allegro
“After Mozart returned from his first extended tour of Italy in 1771 he embarked on a number of symphonic projects that show his astonishing assimilation and transformation of the Italian overture, with crisp, transparent orchestration and suppleness of expression. The influence of Sammartini and J C Bach – whose music could be heard at concerts in Salzburg during 1772 when these pieces were written – is especially apparent in the bold thematic gestures and civilised discourse between wind and strings. Nicholas Ward and the NCO bring their customary style and eloquence to this music in performances that evocatively portray its blend of formal unity, radiant vitality and occasionally – as in the rhythmically imaginative finale of the C major Symphony – rustic charm. Opening allegros are suitably vivacious, andantes are graceful and poignant and the vigorous finales bristle with energy. The first movement of the C major Symphony offers a more potent dramatic formula, with subtly poetic triplets and tense tremolos; however, the highlight of the programme is the F major Symphony (No 18), which Saint-Foix described as 'the first of [Mozart's] great symphonies'. Here, Ward's and the NCO's dramatically compelling account, beautifully presented in a natural, spacious recording, brilliantly highlights the music's operatic qualities.”
“Beautifully presented in a natural, spacious recording.”
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