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Elegant and sumptuous,
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This review is from: Mozart: Divertimenti (Audio CD)
I wonder if it is actually possible any more for some listeners to set aside their prejudices and actually listen to how elegantly and lovingly Karajan and the BPO play this, the most effortlessly uplifting music Mozart ever wrote.
All these recordings were made between 1965 and 1969 in St Moritz, presumably in those halcyon days when the orchestra and their conductor would all go on vacation together in Switzerland; certainly the music-making has a joyful, insouciant quality as if the musicians were enjoying a mountain break from the intensity of Beethoven and Brahms cycles. Of course there is no HIP influence, and the new purists will purse their lips at the lack of scrawny, whining strings, the smoothness of transitions and the imperturbable sweetness of proceedings.
But countless music-lovers not especially refined or serious in their taste love these recordings and it's hard to recommend a better bargain anthology. In any case, despite the popularity of K525, there aren't so many recordings of some other items here. The biggest complaints against Karajan's interpretative style are his application of legato and choice of fairly slow tempi in the minuets. The latter are indeed rather stately but there is no shortage of bounce in the many Allegro and Presto movements, reminding us that these were the work of a supremely confident 16 year old. Dynamics are subtly graded and the slight edge on the strings helps counteract the "soupiness" charge always levelled at Karajan.
These are refined, cosmopolitan compositions; Karajan and his orchestra epitomise those qualities. The bonus Adagio and Fugue, an orchestrated version of a movement originally written for two pianos, sounds a bit like Stokowski's Bach on steroids but is grandly played.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2014 20:40:38 BDT
Totally agree. Just listening to KV 287 No 15 in B flat, on LP. The Berlin strings in the Adagio are divine. But wondering whether to eschew this specific compilation and go for the 2 disc Gallieria issue instead which includes some Serenades. Choices!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2014 09:41:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2014 09:41:54 BDT
Ralph Moore says:
Now there I cannot help you, david; sometimes those Galleria issues can be treble heavy and screamy but I have others which are fine. Research it first?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2014 09:53:08 BDT
Hi Ralph, yes about some of them. The prob is that my research has failed to get the full contents of the Galleria set because it is older, even round the web, info is lacking
Even on Ebay and Discogs. Allmusic has nothing. It is all about this new set which I have umpteen versions of Eine Kleine and do not want Karajan's. I think I will get the Galleria out of curiosity and because it is a full size box will take a few Rzdio 3 broadcasts I put on CDRs myself. Cheers David.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2014 17:21:09 BDT
And yet again Mr Moore...I did buy the Galleria box set and very good it sounds. Then looking on my shelf found I had the single CD of KV 136, 137, 138 etc. by HvonK anc it shares all the good points..performances bristle with life nicely recorded. Shame his symphonies do not sound the same. All for £1.48 I see s/hand. There are no shortage of good performances of these either vintage or modern, but Karajan seems to have found a way with these that is both stylishly light and penetrating, perhaps derived from his conducting of the operas which I think he maintained every year during most of his career. Cheers
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2014 17:46:31 BDT
Ralph Moore says:
Good news and thanks for reporting back.
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