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Mozart: Oboe Quartet K. 370, Divertimento K. 334 [Hybrid SACD]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Alexander Janiczek , Scottish Chamber Orchestra Audio CD

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Listen  1. Divertimento No.17 in D Major for 2 violins, viola, bass and 2 horns - March, K.445 (320c) 2:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Allegro10:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Andante 1:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation I 1:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation II 1:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation III 1:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation IV 1:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation V 1:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Theme and Variations - Variation VI 1:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Menuetto, Trio 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Adagio 7:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Menuetto, Trio I & Trio II 6:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Divertimento, K.334 (320b) - Rondo Allegro 9:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in F Major, K.370 - Allegro 6:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in F Major, K.370 - Adagio 2:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in F Major, K.370 - Rondeau Allegro 4:270.89  Buy MP3 


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crisp, cohesive playing, delivered with a proper sense of fun. --BBC Music Online

Robin Williams' heart-wrenching oboe solos were to die for in their sheer beauty. --The Herald

CD Description

Director and violinist Alexander Janiczek leads principal players from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in this beautifully intimate recording. Mozart's writing allows each player to shine and demonstrates the depth of talent within the ensemble, illustrating why this orchestra has had such extensive success with its previous Mozart recordings. The works on this disc are full of well-known tunes which demonstrate Mozart's trademark melodic beauty. Acclaimed oboist, Robin Williams, gives a dazzling performance of the composer's great masterpiece. This is the fourteenth recording in the orchestra's hugely successful partnership with Linn Records, a series that includes the award-winning Mozart Symphonies recordings with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, one of the best 23 Mar 2012
By Long-Time Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Mozart's Divertimento K.334 is one of his very best works in the divertimento genre--complex, almost symphonic in scale, with fascinating and beautiful ideas. The tempos in this recording are well-chosen, all the repeats are included (important) and the recording quality is excellent. Nothing is glossed over here, and great attention is given to subtleties of detail and phrasing while still retaining a graceful, musical line. This is simply first rate in every way.

There are other recordings you can consider. Another chamber version, by Werner Hink and I Solisti Di Perugia on the Camerata label, is good. The Gaudier ensemble on Hyperion also makes a nice alternative, with a performance that sounds slightly more freewheeling and rollicking, in the spirit of a "divertimento." If you like your Mozart on the slick and syrupy side, then Karajan and Raymond Leppard have made orchestral versions that you will like. For those who can handle historical mono recordings, Fritz Reiner's late 1950s Chicago recording exemplifies the ideal--poised, alert, and beautifully phrased--but the mono sound seems rather dry.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable music 19 Feb 2012
By BrentH - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit, I'm a long time advocate of Mozart's Divertimento and Serenade works. It all started with a budget 5 CD collection I got in the early 90's by the LaserLight label. This collection contained a disc of "Salzburg Symphonies" (K. 136-138). The other 4 discs where of Piano Concertos, Violin Concertos, Symphony Highlights and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik". While I loved all 5 discs of music, I always found myself playing the divertimento "Salzburg Symphonies" the most. Years later and with a much larger Mozart and classical music collection I still gravitate to the lively and melodic music of these pieces when I'm in the mood for classical area symphonic music.

I enjoy "deep" music that is challenging to the listener but don't believe it is the only form that can be appreciated and applauded. Despite growing up playing Rachmaninoff and Chopin on the piano I prefer the catchy melodies and textured orchestrations of Classical and Baroque music more as I age. The charm and beauty of Mozart's divertimento works are deserving of praise.

That being said, these are not Mozart's better divertimentos. K. 334 is just not as addicting as his K. 136-138 and K. 445, while lovely, is just one movement of two and a half minutes length. On K. 334 the highlight, in my opinion comes in the last two movements, with the final movement being the most memorable. This final movement also reminds me most of the Salzburg Symphonies I have enjoyed for the last 20 years.

Also included is a rather pleasant quartet with oboe and strings.

It appears to be a smaller than usual ensemble for Mozart's divertimento works which gives it a nice intimate sound. The performance of the ensemble is very good too. I can't say I find anything bothersome about the interpretation - all seems well executed and true to the music.

This is another release from Linn Records and so far I have found their releases to be very good both from a sonic and a performance standpoint. No difference here, the engineering on the album is solid. There does seem to be a slight bit of harshness on a few of the louder parts, but the orchestra really lays it on the dynamics pretty heavy.

I have debated about how many stars to give this album. I think performance-wise it is a 5, recording quality-wise it is a 5 and musically it is a 4. There is better Mozart divertimento out there to start with, but this is a fine album worthy of collecting and I'm glad to own it. I'm curious as to what my opinion of it will be in a year or two from now as I know the works of K 136-138 are too entrenched in my head to not be imparting some amount of bias against any other divertimento I acquire.
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