Mozart: Wind Concertos

Mozart: Wind Concertos

by John Nelson
     
 

French Mozart? But of course! There's a long and honorable tradition of performing Mozart in Paris since the composer himself first performed there as a lad. Of course, it is a tradition with a wholly different sound-world, a Watteau sound-world with a warm but pungent tone, a light but supple technique, and a clear but…  See more details below

Overview

French Mozart? But of course! There's a long and honorable tradition of performing Mozart in Paris since the composer himself first performed there as a lad. Of course, it is a tradition with a wholly different sound-world, a Watteau sound-world with a warm but pungent tone, a light but supple technique, and a clear but sensual sonority. This special quality of the French sound is most apparent in French wind playing, playing from an entirely different branch on the woodwind tree than the sumptuous sound of Austrian winds. On the 2005 recording of three of Mozart's woodwind concertos, plus his father Leopold's "Trumpet Concerto," the French soloists make an effective, insinuating, and ultimately seductive combination. Paul Meyer's "Clarinet Concerto" is not an autumnal swan song, but a robust and sweet-toned hymn to beauty. Francois Leleux's "Oboe Concerto" is less a parody sylvan pastoral than a slightly ironic, slightly poignant fête galante. David Guerrier's performance of the "Fourth Horn Concerto" is less hunting-horn rustic than suavely witty, and his performance of Leopold Mozart's "Trumpet Concerto" is less brightly artificial than brilliantly insouciant, with a faint hint of knowing insincerity. John Nelson coaxes briskly sympathetic accompaniments from the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Virgin closely mikes the soloists, allowing the listener to sometimes hear them breathe, but gives the orchestra a more distant yet no less detailed sound. For listeners looking for an alternative to the sumptuous sound of Austrian winds, or, for that matter, the virtuoso sound of German winds, the international sound of English winds, or the individualistic sound of American winds, this disc will be just the thing.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094633262720
catalogNumber:
3326272

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Alain Lanceron  - Paul Meyer
  2. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Alain Lanceron  - David Guerrier
  3. Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Alain Lanceron  - François Leleux
  4. Concerto for trumpet & string orchestra in D major  - Leopold Mozart  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Alain Lanceron  - David Guerrier

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >