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"The killing" and now 45 symphonies...,
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The Danes, often looked upon with a mocking love-hate attitude by us swedes baffled crime TV affectionados with the series "the Killing". No comparision made with Fischer/DR Underholdingsorkestrets feat other than heres more of that quality one might accuse the danes of; joy-de-vivre, sense of fun, humanity, tounge-in-cheek or sometimes that dark-shaded mood one could find in Mozart Sym. readings. For some time I've been thinking that theres not more to listen to in these works that what's heard in Hogwood, Gardiner, Pinnock, Marriner....Harnoncourt, lately both Böhm and Tate, but heres a joyful susprise. It might not be Mozart for everyone since the readings are "spiced", eg. I can't explain what happened to the menuet in no 33, but it's tought-provoking and fun. This set seems hyped by reviewers from all over the world, but they're right. I don't hesitate to put this cycle as the first amongst equals of any of the ones I have in my shelves right now. Claus Johansens liner notes puts it nicely, "We smile bravely to our colleagues who have been struggling for 225 years to bring his music to life. And then it is our turn." If I say that it's serious commitement and music-making with a big austro-hungarian (whatever that is!) - danish smile. Clear (ultraclear) recordings, easy to hear the different voices and lots of precision. Not complete in the encyclopaedic sense - no 32 as well as the younger Mozarts sinfonias/ouvertures are lacking, but who cares. I don't. Music matters. Reference class.