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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for winds, K297b / Concerto for flute and harp, K299 [CD]

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  • Performer: Alessandro Carbonare, Guilhaume Santana, Alessio Allegrini, Lucas Macias Navarro, Jacques Zoon, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B004G91Q1I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon And Orchestra, In E Flat, K.297b - 1. Allegro (Live From Teatro Manzoni, Bologna / 2008)Guilhaume Santana13:07£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon And Orchestra, In E Flat, K.297b - 2. AdagioGuilhaume Santana 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon And Orchestra, In E Flat, K.297b - 3. Andantino con variazioneGuilhaume Santana 8:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mozart: Concerto For Flute, Harp, And Orchestra In C, K.299 - 1. AllegroJacques Zoon 9:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mozart: Concerto For Flute, Harp, And Orchestra In C, K.299 - 2. AndantinoJacques Zoon 7:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mozart: Concerto For Flute, Harp, And Orchestra In C, K.299 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Jacques Zoon 8:35£0.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Claudio Abbado's excellent Mozart series with his hand-picked Orchestra Mozart continues with this sunny album of concertos written during the 22-year-old composer's 1778 visit to Paris, where works for groups of soloists with orchestral backing were all the rage.

The Sinfonia Concertante was written for wind virtuosi Mozart had previously encountered at the celebrated Mannheim Orchestra. He probably intended it for flute, oboe, bassoon and horn, but the earliest surviving edition seems to have been doctored – the flute is replaced by a clarinet. Its joyous Mozartean melodies leave no doubt about its authenticity, though.

Abbado and company treat it with no less dedication than they would a mature masterpiece. Articulation, dynamics, interplay – all are bountifully illuminating. Orchestral tuttis sometimes feel restrained – Abbado's leash on his musicians is a little too tight at times – but the whole bubbles with bonhomie, thanks in no small degree to the solo quartet, who have bags of individual character and marvellous cohesion.

The Adagio may not be Mozart's most profound slow movement but, with its beguiling operatic melodies and poignant pre-echoes of the Gran Partita serenade, it has a special tenderness which Abbado clearly relishes. The bright and breezy theme of the finale is infectiously cheerful, and the variations feature some dazzling solo turns.

The flute and harp concerto, commissioned by aristocratic amateurs, is more mellow – but Abbado's lively tempi prevent its delectable soft-focus timbres becoming cloying. Dexterous soloists Jacques Zoon and Letizia Belmondo produce a wonderfully ear-caressing blend, and the orchestra carries out its supporting role with as much commitment as if centre-stage – witness, for example, the rich and impeccably unanimous pizzicato passages in the finale. As with all of DG's Orchestra Mozart concerto recordings so far, the soloists are placed unnaturally close up in the mix – something which takes a little getting used to – but otherwise the sound is splendidly crisp and clear.

Regardless of the fact that these concertos are not the composer's most sophisticated, Abbado's supreme affinity for Mozart ensures that these are some of the most satisfying and energising performances you will ever hear.

--Graham Rogers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music making... 14 April 2012
By Mr. Robert D. Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Is the K.297b genuine Mozart or not? I've always had my doubts but there can be no denying that Claudio Abbado's Orchestra and his superb wind soloists make a convincing case. And even if it's not all by Mozart, then it's super music-making all the same.

There seems little point in trying to dissect these performances - a bit like trying to describe what makes a rose or a sunset so special.

As I said in my previous review of the Horn concertos, pour another glass of wine and enjoy top level music making. Here's hoping Claudio and co will turn their attention the bassoon and clarinet concertos.
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2 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Shawshank Damnation 5 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
"You'd better get this stuff downstairs like the Captain said," the guard growled affably. "I'm gonna go pinch a loaf. When I get back, this is all gone, right?"

Andy Dufresne nodded his head but he was too besotted with the treasure that had come his way - boxes of old LPs from the State Comptroller's Office - to pay much attention to the command. Soon he was alone and leafing through the records. Sure, there was a copy of Le Nozze di Figaro with Karl Bohm - he so wanted to listen to Edith Mathis and Gundula Janowitz sing `Che soave zeffiretto' - but something stayed his hand. He soon learnt why: his eyes alighted on a copy of Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart (no less) performing the Flute and Harp Concerto, K 299, and the Sinfonia Concertante K 297b. Andy was a lover of fine music; he knew that Abbado had previously released a performance of the former concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic that had been condemned by the United Nations (genocide as boredom). With the devil perched on his shoulder, he smiled. Here was his chance to exact some revenge on those the powers that had wrongly incarcerated him in this hellhole.

The former accountant locked the glass-door that led into the office. On tiptoes, he then darted over to the toilet and barricaded it.

"Andy ! Andy!" the guard shrieked from inside. "What's going on?"

His question went unanswered. Andy switched on the PA system and placed the record onto the turntable. Seconds later, the art of Claudio Abbado - the corpse who walks - was assailing the darkest crevasses of Shawshank penitenary. The performances were thoroughly laced with Hogwoodism at its most virulent: repudiate grandeur and grace - tick; clip the phrases - tick; revel in anaemic strings - tick, and adopt madcap speeds - tick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart Beyond Beauty 11 Dec 2012
By henearkrxe - Published on Amazon.com
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The performance of two great Mozart concertos here is characterized by great virtuosity and sensitivity. Listening to interweaving of melodies by these soloists (most of them are principal players from world-class orchestras) will definitely make you lost in delight and beauty. The orchestra playing here is marked with crispy precision and perfect balance. Abbado prefers a brisk and liberal tempo, and the result is music fully of momentum as well as intimacy. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN OUTSTANDING SYMPHONY FOR WINDS 13 Mar 2012
By jefco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ah , la musique de Mozart!! Si vous êtes déprimé au point de songer au suicide, écoutez du Mozart et vous retrouverez la joie de vivre! Abbado, le Mozart Orchestra et les solistes nous offrent ici une excellente symphonie concertante pour vents et orchestre. La restitution est enlevée et ne manque pas de panache. Les prises de son de qualité ne sont pas légion dans le paysage audio actuel mais ici, il faut le noter, la captation est un exemple d'équilibre. L'Emil Berliner Studio de Berlin réalise grâce à Hans-Ulrich Bastin un de ces rares enregistrements qu'on peut écouter sans frustration: l'équilibre spectral est excellent, sans excès ni retranchement d'aucun registre, la dynamique est réaliste, l'espace parfaitement hiérarchisé, enfin les timbres sont d'une grande fidélité! Le complément à ce CD est constitué du célèbre concerto pour flûte et harpe du même Mozart. La réussite est moins exceptionnelle, il manque ce je-ne-sais-quoi de folie qui rend cette musique jubilatoire. Disons que nous avons ici un concerto assez conventionnel, pas mauvais certes mais sans plus.
4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Shawshank Damnation 19 Jan 2012
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"You'd better get this stuff downstairs like the Captain said," the guard growled affably. "I'm gonna go pinch a loaf. When I get back, this is all gone, right?"

Andy Dufresne nodded his head but he was too besotted with the treasure that had come his way - boxes of old LPs from the State Comptroller's Office - to pay much attention to the command. Soon he was alone and leafing through the records. Sure, there was a copy of Le Nozze di Figaro with Karl Bohm - he so wanted to listen to Edith Mathis and Gundula Janowitz sing `Che soave zeffiretto' - but something stayed his hand. He soon learnt why: his eyes alighted on a copy of Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart (no less) performing the Flute and Harp Concerto, K 299, and the Sinfonia Concertante K 297b. Andy was a lover of fine music; he knew that Abbado had previously released a performance of the former concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic that had been condemned by the United Nations (genocide as boredom). With the devil perched on his shoulder, he smiled. Here was his chance to exact some revenge on those the powers that had wrongly incarcerated him in this hellhole.

The former accountant locked the glass-door that led into the office. On tiptoes, he then darted over to the toilet and barricaded it.

"Andy ! Andy!" the guard shrieked from inside. "What's going on?"

His question went unanswered. Andy switched on the PA system and placed the record onto the turntable. Seconds later, the art of Claudio Abbado - the corpse who walks - was assailing the darkest crevasses of Shawshank penitenary. The performances were thoroughly laced with Hogwoodism at its most virulent: repudiate grandeur and grace - tick; clip the phrases - tick; revel in anaemic strings - tick, and adopt madcap speeds - tick. Never had Andy heard the beloved second subject of the Sinfonia Concertante's opening movement sound so mundane - and the soloists were just as bland as the conductor. Uncle Claudio had actually trumped his previous account of K 299 on EMI: far more than scratch marks on the inside of coffin lids, this newcomer was proof of animation after death.

Bedlam erupted throughout the gaol. Prisoners threw themselves at the electric fence to escape the tediousness. Inside the laundry, those inmates with `hard-to-meet needs' were running amok among the smaller guys. Those poor devils in solitary confinement bashed their skulls against the walls.

With his feet up on the desk, Andy was aware of all these things and more as he listened on with a smile.

"Open the door," the Warden roared, standing on the other side of the glass door with his goons in attendance. "Or at least play the Bohm from 1966 in the Sinfonia Concertante or Marriner 1972 in the Flute and Harp Concerto."

Andy looked up dreamily at the ceiling. The slow movement of K 297b was upon them. It was shamefully spruce. Abbado clearly does not understand what the word `Adagio' means anymore, he mused to himself. No other response was forthcoming. The Warden stepped aside. Now Hadley, the chief goon was standing at the door and tapping away on its glass with his truncheon.

"Knock, knock," he whispered.
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