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5.0 out of 5 stars Franz Bruggen / Mozart Festival - CD 3, 22 April 2013
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This review is from: Mozart: Serenade, K361 - Gran Partita (Audio CD)
Much to the repulsion of the public, another meeting of the Australian Kna Association occurred yesterday in Melbourne. It was a sordid affair in the rain. Proprieties were ignored. Many a CD was traded like horseflesh bound for the glue-factory. Trust me: the authorities cannot intervene soon enough.

Anyway, we now have enough collateral to commence a mini Franz Bruggen Festival. The Dutch conductor has long commanded our admiration, not least for the amount of hair on his head (there are some follicular challenges within the AKA). I recently reviewed two of his discs: the Marriage of Figaro Overture & the Prague Symphony and Mozart's complete works for Flute. The former is gun stuff whereas the latter is a dud. With trepidation therefore we turn our attention to his Gran Partita, recorded resplendently by Philips in June 1988 in an expansive acoustic.

K 361 is Mozart's Grand Tour of the Cosmos. It is unique in his oeuvre. What states of being does it not touch upon? It should have been included in its entirety on Voyager II's gold record to commemorate mankind at its best before we go the way of the dinosaurs and ammonites.

This performance of the Gran Partita is a complete success. Unlike Philippe Herreweghe's rendition which I recently reviewed, it has a sense of occasion. Nor is there nothing doctrinaire here: this is period practice at its most vibrant and poetic. One soon forgets the different timbres to engage with the music itself. There are too many touchstones to list in K 361 but I usually judge most performances by the Fifth Variation of the Sixth Movement: Bruggen is suitably numinous at this point of convergence. K 361 also testifies to Blake's maxim: energy is eternal delight. Bruggen gives full vent to the high spirits and playfulness of the outer movements.

All in all, this is a delight. 2 -1 in favour of the Dutchie with more to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pay your taxes!, 25 May 2013
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Glorious in parts. Excellent value. Good supplier. Arrived within a couple of days. Amazon should pay taxes based on business done within a country. We need the money. Luxembourg is rich anyway.
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