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5.0 out of 5 stars More Magnificent Mozart
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.
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by R. J. Knight

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special
I like Ton Koopman and particularly so in Bach. Contrary to expectations, he has not been proscribed by the Australian Knappertsbusch Association. His refusal - by and large - to spurn clipped phrasing is a relief in itself and admonitory to his brothers in the guild. If he moonlights as Santa at Christmas, who am I to complain?

His survey of the Salzburg...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special, 19 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Mozart : Divertimenti K136, K137, K138 & K251 - Apex (MP3 Download)
I like Ton Koopman and particularly so in Bach. Contrary to expectations, he has not been proscribed by the Australian Knappertsbusch Association. His refusal - by and large - to spurn clipped phrasing is a relief in itself and admonitory to his brothers in the guild. If he moonlights as Santa at Christmas, who am I to complain?

His survey of the Salzburg Symphonies and Nannerl Septet (the most kingly birthday-present of all time) prompted a fellow reviewer to exclaim "Klemperer and Karajan.....eat your heart out. First choice in a packed field." I`m puzzled by this statement, not that I'm a stranger to rhetoric. Sure, Herbie recorded these works with the Berlin Phil in the mid-Sixties and soupily so but if Uncle Otto did likewise, it's news to me.

As I hear them, TK's performances of these works, entrusted to a string ensemble, are enjoyable enough. They are not blighted by academism. Grace becomes them. If anything, they're too refined and lacking in exuberance for their own good. The Rondeau of K 251, which is inspiration itself, should be far more boisterous if not riotous as if Mozart is reminding his sister of their formative years in a carefree past. Here, Koopman is shown up less by the likes of Karajan or Harnoncourt the Dreadful but rather by Mozart: Divertimenti K 113, 137, 251 "Nannerl Septet" which amazingly is one-instrument per part but played with more character and guts. Koopman's bass-line is also underwhelming.

You could do much worse than this survey - soup ahoy! - but to my ears at least, it fails to capture the sheer pizzazz of genius. The wind blows where it will.
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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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R. J. Knight (England) - See all my reviews
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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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This review is from: Mozart : Divertimenti K136, K137, K138 & K251 - Apex (MP3 Download)
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 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly played stress remover, 4 Mar 2010
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Barry Forster (Settle, N Yorks England) - See all my reviews
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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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