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Mozart: Divertimenti K. 136, 137, 138 & 251

Ton Koopman Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00009RAXQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Divertimento in D Major, K. 136: I. AllegroTon Koopman 6:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart : Divertimento in D major K136 : II AndanteTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Divertimento in D Major, K. 136: III. PrestoTon Koopman 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mozart : Divertimento in B flat major K137 : I AndanteTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mozart : Divertimento in B flat major K137 : II Allegro di moltoTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mozart : Divertimento in B flat major K137 : III Allegro assaiTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Divertimento in F major K138 : I AllegroTon Koopman 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mozart : Divertimento in F major K138 : II AndanteTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mozart : Divertimento in F major K138 : III PrestoTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : I Molto allegroTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 7:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : II Menuetto - TrioTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : III AndantinoTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : IV Menuetto - Tema con variazioniTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : V Rondeau - Allegro assaiTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mozart : Divertimento No.11 in D major K251 : VI Marcia alla franceseTon Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 


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“Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam players bring a fine style and spirit to this music, and much imagination over details of phrasing and dynamics. Allegros are crisp and rhythmically alert, lively yet never rushed.” (Gramophone)
“…among other positive features I particularly appreciated Koopman’s tasteful, seemingly spontaneous embellishments… and his thoughtful, purposeful shaping of Mozart’s repeated-note bass lines.” (Gramophone)
“Koopman and his team give a buoyant, eager performance, nicely balancing polish and rusticity and relishing to the full the work’s colourful textures.” (Gramophone)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Magnificent Mozart 30 Oct 2009
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As you'd expect from Mozart - an irresistible cascade of tunes that will flow through your mind long after the players have finished...and what playing. The light, bright and breezy delivery is perfect for these divertimenti that, you feel, at first blush, seem so simple but merely show how Mozart made being a musical genius seem easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but cheerful too!! A+ 21 Mar 2014
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A beautiful download bargain from Koopman and his team :-) Makes for a lovely easy listening background disc!! Try it and you'll not regret parting with your few pounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly played stress remover 4 Mar 2010
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This has gone straight into my personal top ten favourite CDs. a perfect mix of melody and rhythm. Seem to discover something new each time I listen to it. In fact, I am just about to put it on again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contrasted tempos, impeccable engineering 26 Jun 2009
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Divertimenti K. 136, 137, 138 and K. 251. Performed on "period instruments" by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, directed by Ton Koopman. Originally published by Erato Disques; rereleased on Apex at budget price. Total playing time: approx. 72 minutes.

The totally contrary opinions of other reviewers of this recording demonstrate the subjectivity of musical appreciation. For my part, I found this interpretation of Mozart's "Salzburg Symphonies" (as they are sometimes known) fascinating, while agreeing that the Andante slow movements of two of the three works are here taken at a fairly relaxed tempo which seems to make Mozart a lot older than he was, namely 17, when he composed these pieces. However, I have no doubt that Ton Koopman chose these tempos based on his vast knowledge of 18th century music, and the overall effect is one of contrast between the lively outer movements and the more contemplative inner ones. The quality of the engineering is impeccable, making this recording infinitely more instructive and entertaining than the similarly priced Naxos version by the Capella Istropolitana: K. 136 through 138 are written for strings only, and here you can here not only the first violins, but also the violas and the bass line perfectly clearly. - The six-movement Cassation K. 251 adds horns and oboes to the strings, creating a delightful sound which works extremely well with period instruments (meaning, presumably, valveless horns). Another reviewer has slammed the engineering here, claiming that the horns were treated harshly, but could it be that this impression was due to the equipment used? I have just been enjoying this piece on Swiss-made Ergo AMT earphones attached to a CD player and amplifier by NAD and a Benchmark digital to analogue converter and I felt that the horns (there are surely two of them) sounded extremely natural, just as one would expect at a concert where the horns, although normally placed behind the strings and the oboes, are loud enough to dominate. I have no complaints whatsoever here, the sound is exquisite. K. 251 is comparatively rarely heard, and at budget price this recording is a real bargain.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed performance and recording 9 July 2007
By Turbo Sage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being well acquainted with these works via the period sextet recording of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble on BIS, I was seeking out an HIP orchestral performance. Unfortunately, this one falls short. The andante movements are played too slowly, tending to drag, and the invogorating spirit of the former recording is frequently missing. In K.251 the horns are poorly recorded or remastered, giving them a grating quality that makes the piece almost unlistenable. Buyer beware.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Mozart 5 Jan 2008
By Jim the Obscure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love these recordings of Mozart Divertimenti. The playing by Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque is beautiful and lively. Great recordings! Try also Koopman's recording of the Haffner Serenade!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 16 May 2011
By Petpap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The slow movements are too slow and the faster ones do not sparkle. This recording only deserves its place as background music in elevators...

I recommend the recording of some of these pieces with the Scottish Chamber Orchetra - they rock !
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