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Mozart: Serenade, K. 361 "Gran partita"
 
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Mozart: Serenade, K. 361 "Gran partita"

18 Dec. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1989
  • Release Date: 18 Dec. 2006
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 50:21
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  • ASIN: B001RUIV0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,055 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c82c1d4) out of 5 stars More Great Stuff from Bruggen 14 Oct. 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Franz Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century have recorded many of my favorite performances of Haydn and Beethoven. On this disc they do magnificent justice to Mozart's Gran Partita, K. 361. The period instrument rendition is just about perfect, actually. I put it on a part with the magnificent version by the wind soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Alexander Schneider. You can't go wrong with either disc. Buy one or the other, or both.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c82cea0) out of 5 stars Franz Bruggen / Mozart Festival - CD 3 22 April 2013
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c82f1f8) out of 5 stars Splendid but Short 21 May 2013
By Peter Besenbruch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am reviewing the digital download. It comes in at about 51 minutes total. That's LP length. All in all, it's too short.

That said, it's an absolutely splendid performance. I am familiar with Edo de Waart's very smooth performance, and the rough performance of the Collegium Aureum. This version combines elements of both. It rival's de Waart's technical smoothness, and add some of the additional color of the Collegium Aureum performance. The difference here is that Bruggen's Orchestra of the 18th Century chooses when to get rough (such as in the final moment). As usual, the theme and 6 variations movement is the highlight of the piece.

There is a very informative, 9 minute video of the group playing the 2nd movement (a menuet) on the usual video site. It's quite a setup. Just search for "mozart gran partita bruggen", and it should pop right up. From the video Web page:

PERFORMERS
Ku Ebbinge (The Netherlands) - Oboe
Alayne Leslie (USA) - Oboe
Eric Hoeprich (USA) - Clarinet
Guy van Waas (Belgium) - Clarinet
Alf Hörberg (Sweden) - Basset Horn
Carles Riera (Catalonia - Spain) - Basset Horn
Ab Koster (The Netherlands) - Horn
Stefan Blonk (The Netherlands) - Horn
Claude Maury (France) - Horn
Teunis van der Zwart (The Netherlands) - Horn
Danny Bond (USA) - Bassoon
Donna Agrell (Alaska - USA) - Bassoon
Anthony Woodrow (England - UK) - Double Bass
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