Mozart - Symphonies and Concertos | Australian Eloquence ELQ4825525

Mozart - Symphonies and Concertos

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4825525

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th September 2017

Contents

Artists

Kathleen Long (piano)
Hubert Barwahser (flute)
Pia Berghout (harp)
Bram de Wilde (clarinet)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Concertgebouworkest

Conductor

Eduard van Beinum

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622
Concerto for flute and harp in C major, K299
Piano Concerto no.24 in C minor, K491
Symphony no.29 in A major, K201
Symphony no.33 in B flat major, K319
Symphony no.35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Artists

Kathleen Long (piano)
Hubert Barwahser (flute)
Pia Berghout (harp)
Bram de Wilde (clarinet)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Concertgebouworkest

Conductor

Eduard van Beinum

About

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 Beinum’s: 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 orchestra’s principals in those instruments, resulting in a memorably collegial atmosphere to these sessions in May and June 1957, which were the conductor’s 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 Beinum’s 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 conductor’s warm relationship with his musicians, including several personal testimonials: one violinist pays tribute to the ‘more flowing lines’ of van Beinum’s 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)

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