Mozart - ‘Colloredo’ Serenade, Divertimento K251
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Cat No: BKD320
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th May 2014
WorksDivertimento no.11 in D major, K251
March in D major, K237
Serenade no.4 in D major, K203
ArtistsScottish Chamber Orchestra
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra continues their hugely successful series of Mozart recordings, following on from Mozart Symphonies 38-41. Austrian-born violinist Alexander Janiczek directs the Orchestra in a fine performance of the rarely recorded ‘Colloredo’ Serenade and Divertimento K251.
Originally released in 2008, this CD has been re-issued as part of Linn’s Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.
The ‘Colloredo’ Serenade, written for Hieronymous, Count von Colloredo, who was elected Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg in 1772, shows the eighteen-year-old Mozart writing in an easy, informal style, but showing great originality.
The Divertimento K251, in the same key as the Serenade and similarly designed for summer entertainment, is full of spirited, catchy themes and dance music. It contains some delightful surprises!
The Orchestra uses a stylish combination of modern instruments (except for natural trumpets) and period influences, such as selective vibrato, that results in clear textures and an exciting, entertaining performance in the natural acoustic of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.
Having previously led the orchestra, Alexander Janiczek has recorded five albums as director and soloist in partnership with the SCO: four superb recordings of Mozart and ‘Weber: Wind Concertos’, which was named ‘Recording of the Month’ by MusicWeb International.
2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fortieth anniversary year. The orchestra is internationally recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, with a multi award-winning catalogue of recordings under Robin Ticciati, Sir Charles Mackerras, Alexander Janiczek and Joseph Swensen.
‘The interpretation of the Divertimento is of uniform excellence...’ - Gramophone
‘The whole thing is beautifully played by Janiczek and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.’- The Guardian
‘[Janiczek’s] direction of the programme cannot be faulted.’ - IRR
‘This is Mozart full of subtlety and finesse.’ - The Times
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