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Most enjoyable period performances although offering short playing time,
This review is from: Mozart: Clarinet/Oboe Concerti (Audio CD)
This disc, first issued in 1986, usefully pairs together two of the reeded Mozart concertos in period performances of skill and empathy. At just 47 minutes though, it could not be described as over generous although the actual quality of the recording remains excellent.
Both Antony Pay on clarinet and Michel Piguet on oboe had achieved high status as period players at the time of this recording and the Academy of Ancient Music had overcome all the many technical challenges of playing such music. The result of this expertise was an enhanced clarity of texture and an increased ease of musical dialogue between all the instruments and players. Christopher Hogwood had long since established himself as an expert in the field and this is apparent throughout this disc.
On this recording, Antony Pay plays the deeper ranged Basset clarinet for which the concerto was originally written. This not only increases the range downwards but it also deepens the tonal response of the instrument throughout its range. That is a considerable advantage and enhances the attractions of this disc. No such considerations need to be thought about in terms of the oboe concerto which is played with high skill and musicianship.
I would therefore suggest that, playing time apart, this disc remains an example of good Mozart playing practice and as such still deserves consideration as a pair of fine recorded performances.