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Mozart: Complete Wind Concertos Box set

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  • Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000065TV1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra in E flat major
  2. Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major
  3. Andante for Flute and Orchestra

Disc: 2

  1. Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B flat major
  2. Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No.2
  3. Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No.1
  4. Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No.3
  5. Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No.4

Disc: 3

  1. Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C major
  2. Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No.1
  3. Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major

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ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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For collectors this seems to be a remarkably useful and easy way to obtain all of these wonderful wind concertos. Is this almost too good to be true or are there any snags?

Well the short answers are 'no' and 'no'.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a conductor-less band of fine musicians who collectively maintain that the lack of a conductor is a bonus in so far as this forces each of the players to listen more carefully to the others and to be more responsive. The soloists on this set of discs are all drawn directly from the orchestral players and who are therefore well-known to their colleagues presumably.

It is fairly regular practice these days to come across Mozart played without conductor and where the orchestra is led by the player. This was normal practice in Mozart's day and there is really no reason why it would not work today. However there are instances on disc where the presence of a conductor is clearly an advantage as, in the hands of a good and experienced conductor, details of phrasing, balance and general instrumental discussion can be taken away from the concerns of the soloist. Jeffrey Tate is a good example of a positive influence in his conducting of the set of Mozart piano concertos for example.

However, wind concertos are easier to lead from the player's point of view as opposed to a piano simply because an easier eye contact or body language can be maintained from a standing position. So in this case there really is no loss as regards the lack of conductor. All the performances are, without exception, very fine indeed and compare favourably with the very best alternatives. The inclusion of the Sinfonia Concertante is a welcome and major bonus as this fine work is so often neglected.
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Superb collection.
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There is so much to this album because it is truly exceptional in many different ways with an interpretation of Mozart's work at its finest...the playing is remarkable because it transports you to another place that is just so joyful. I listened to the album from end to end and had to listen to it all over again. I have never listened to Mozart's music like this before, the sheer substance and depth of the interpretation is to die for, just when you think you can be surprised no more comes a note that lingers with such beauty that leaves you breathless and wanting more. The works for Horn are astounding and will have you laughing with glee in places, while at others just lost in happiness.
The flute and harp concerto is quite simply remarkable because it is slightly deceptive, just as you think it is short on the ear, then out of nowhere a depth that is deeply fulfilling and you know in your heart that Mozart would have been delighted with it, because its as near to how he would have played it.
Sometimes you can hear the same pieces by the great orchestra's of the world and they play whatever piece well, but they don't feel and this is where the difference is is with the Orpheus because they become the music they are playing, every piece of music perfect from start to finish. It is fresh and vibrant and perfection personified in the only way music can ever be.
I honestly think every serious music lover should have this in their collection and on their ipod, it is just so good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Playing of Some of Mozart's Most Alluring and Beautiful Music - with one caveat 5 Feb. 2017
By Doug - Haydn Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Such exquisite playing of these most lovely works...yet lingers still a lurking furtive thought, where is the void behind the glamor, when does conveying the sadness fall short of poignant pathos? And indeed, the more I listen to these excellent renditions the more I wonder why I feel somehow slightly short-changed. Isn't the music-making fine enough? Don't the performers excel at their profession? Isn't the recording quite good at what usually is quite devilishly tricky - capturing the sounds of woodwinds and the soft overtones of horns? And again, I hear and concede all these good things...and still...doubts linger.
What is I miss? Answering such a question may not please many - may not please any. Yet there is indeed something not quite captured, like a stage play with top actors that wows the crowd with endless sprightly virtuosity, the lines read superbly, yet leaves you remembering another production more fondly, better realized. Such a moment occurred to me, when purely by chance in one week I heard two performances of the same work of Richard Strauss done in two cities three thousand miles apart. The first performance was with a second tier orchestra but a fine conductor, and the music was remarkably unified and left me in awe. The second performance was with perhaps the bets orchestra in the country, the solo chairs far and away sounding more beautiful in their solo passages. Yet despite all the beauties and rapturous playing, the final result fell just short of the other - perhaps because the conductor too often left the instrumentalists to fend for themselves. They knew the music inside out, and played it superbly, but in the end the earlier group triumphed in the work.
And of course what I miss is one organizing intelligence, a director, the mind that binds the elements and gives them their final finish. And if the director can achieve it, adds something extra, an additional depth here and there.
In such lovely music it's easy to just sit back and luxuriate in the bliss. However, behind the delights so well done as here, we need a few traces of iron and intellectuality - more, greater purpose and more challenging horizons. Maybe in a world so filled with the ugly and the depressing Mozart's call to a higher plane will be enough for most - holding out for the greater when so much is bestowed likely to cause an invidious reaction.
Yet so I feel when Mozart's gifts are more complex and expansive than we sense. If we are to be 'Caught in that sensual music all neglect' it's wise to recall the true mortality of art and not fall prey to less. In Mozart we still rarely recognize the full manifest glory - Batteries of alluring Sense.
"If Things of Sight such Heaven be, What Heavens be those we cannot see?"...and so persevering new charges sound.. set upon a golden bough to sing to lords and ladies of Byzantium of what is past, or passing, or to come.'
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart's Wind Masterpieces 2 July 2015
By Huntley Haverstock - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great set. As others have mentioned, all the works performed here by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra compare with the very best performances of these concerti to be found on individual discs.

The inclusion of K.297b was an excellent choice by DG. Although some doubt that the work is entirely Mozart's (some claim that he would not have written a concerto with all movements in the same key, or that the orchestral accompaniment is the work of another) I think the proof is in the pudding - who else could have written such brilliant wind parts? The OCO plays it with just the right mix of mirth and wistfulness. Just a huge bonus that it is included in this set.

Of the soloists, Charles Neidich deserves special mention for his brilliant basset clarinet playing of the great K.622. If you've only heard this performed with an "A" Clarinet, you will be in for a real treat. The lower register of the basset clarinet gives this piece more depth. The adagio is wonderful, full of depth and wistfulness. I was stunned at how beautiful and spontaneous it sounds here, sans conductor. It is one of the better K.622's I've heard in my lifetime (the very best would have to be Wolfgang Meyer's transcendant account with the Concentus Musicus Wien under Harnoncourt (Teldec) with Anthony Pay's good-humored collaboration with Hogwood and the AAM (Lyre) a close second - but this is right up there - and with a sweeter orchestral sound (modern instruments) vis-a-vis the Meyer and Pay renditions.

There are no "lesser" works on this disc - and none of these masterpieces is badly played. The Horn Concerti and Oboe Concerto are very good (my absolute favorite versions of these works are Neville Marriner's early 70's collaborations with Alan Civil on the Horn and Neil Black on Oboe) and the Bassoon and Flute Concerti are also very well played.

As for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, once again they defy the odds by delivering masterly performances without the benefit of a conductor. It is a testament to their chemistry and love of this music that they could play such complex works of art without losing anything in translation. I've heard a lot of bad Mozart as a result of soloists conducting from a piano bench (Baremboim being the most notable offender) but perhaps, as other reviewers have pointed out, Wind soloists have an easier time of it - after all they can stand in front of the rest of the band and make eye contact with their fellow players etc.

The sound here is 80's digital - although slightly dry, the performances are all very well mic'd and you can hear the most minute details very clearly. Even if these were full price individual discs I would recommend these performances; the fact that DG managed to pack all of this into a trio of budget CD's makes this a must buy for anyone looking to acquire some of Mozart's best writing for Winds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to miss 3 Aug. 2013
By Ana Paula A. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
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Mozart - Complete Wind Concertos - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Deutsche Grammophon

Highly recommended historically informed set, the sound quality is very good despite the fact it's not a very recent recording (1988 and 1989). One of the most complete wind concertos sets, it comprises all concertos, except the flute concerto #2 KV 314 since it's just an arrangement of the oboe concerto. Apart from this arrangement, the only absences are three fragments for horn and orchestra: KV 494a, 370b and 371 (for those interested in listening to these fragments, I would recommend Herman Jeurissen, Roy Goodman and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra). This set also includes the sinfonia concertante for four winds KV Anh C 14.01 (297b) which is nowadays less and less recorded because of the doubtful attribution.

In my opinion, the greatest highlight of this collection is the clarinet concerto. Playing a basset-clarinet, Charles Neidich produces a clear and transparent sound. That's the best version of this concerto I've ever heard, especially the adagio. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is impeccable even though, curiously, no conductor is specified on the credits.

Tiago Arruda.
64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Worth Every Penny! 18 Aug. 2004
By Music Freak - Published on Amazon.com
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I have heard all these pieces and even played some myself over the years and thought that this was an excellent collection of Mozart's wind concerti. You really get to see the development of this prodigy from his teens (bassoon concerto) to his late 30s, the clarinet concerto was one of his last crowning pieces.

The oboe and bassoon concerti were both delightful and the "clicking" of the keys mentioned by another reviewer are the limitations of the instruments. I'm an oboist and all oboes and bassoons make this noise. I don't find it distracting at all. If you hear it, think of it as an percussive accompaniment. :-) I thought the bassoon concerto to be one of the best interpretations yet and the oboe concerto was confident and bright.

The Sinfonia Concertante (one of my original reasons for purchasing the set) was delightfully balanced and playful - a definite pleasure.

The flute concerto and andante were both fun to listen to as well as the concerto for flute and harp. The horn concerti are always joyful and are a nice balance to all the woodwind (technically-speaking) music.

The clarinet concerto was indeed lovely and played on a basset clarinet so there were some richer tones than when it's played on a typical 'A' clarinet. Superb.

I thought all the concerti had wonderful cadenzas and the orchestra was excellently balanced against the soloists. This is a CD collection that you will never regret and will feed your soul.
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, fine performances 25 Oct. 2015
By George R. Collison - Published on Amazon.com
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Delightful set of CD's I liked all the performances. The flute concerti were well done. It lacks the concerto in D. Well done on the flute and harp concerto.
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