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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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We don't know a lot about either the origin or the date of composition of Mozart's Serenade No. 10 for winds in B-flat major, K. 361/370a, or about its apocryphal title "Gran Partita", given to it retrospectively. But regardless of the facts, we are in the presence here of a Mozartian miracle. Probably meant for performances in the open air, in the courtyard of a stately home or a lodge, this serenade for thirteen wind instruments and double bass is one of Mozart's most outstanding works in terms of its diversity, its length and its expressive density, culminating in the sublime Adagio. The film Amadeus by Miloš Forman, showed the inexplicable nature of genius, when Antonio Salieri, otherwise an excellent composer, was paralysed by this otherworldly music. Recorded in June 1988 at Nijmegen in eastern Holland, where a series of treaties were signed in the 17th century, putting an end to a long period of wars, this version by Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century offers an illuminating balance between organological research and performances of Viennese classicism. The unbridled joy mingles, naturally, with a melancholy which is also very much a part of the Enlightenment and Mozart in particular, especially in the most beautiful passages of his operas. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Classical - Released July 3, 2020 | Glossa


Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

There have been many great recordings of Schubert's Eighth and Ninth symphonies -- one thinks immediately of the awe-inspiring Furtwängler, the heartwarming Walter, and the hard-driving Toscanini -- and there have been some great recordings of Schubert's six earlier symphonies -- one thinks immediately of the glorious Böhm, the luminous Kleiber, and the fabulous Abbado -- but while this set of all eight symphonies -- Schubert never did more than sketch a seventh -- with Frans Brüggen conducting the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century may not match the greatest recordings of the greatest works, it often comes very, very close. Brüggen may have first made his mark as an incredibly talented recorder player, but by the time he made these recordings in the early '90s, he had long since proved himself as a highly skillful conductor, and he is never less than completely in control of the music. Better yet, Brüggen was always a deeply understanding interpreter and his performances here have all the requisite Schubertian qualities of tender intimacy, intense lyricism, extreme drama, and unrelenting energy. But even better, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is more than merely the superb early instrument ensemble Brüggen is directing; it is the superb ensemble of superlative individuals that has as much to say about the music as the conductor. Either as soloists or as a unit, the Orchestra's phrasing, molding, and shaping are cogent, creative, and compelling -- and entirely its own. While there will always be room on the shelf for Furtwängler, Walter, and Toscanini, not to mention Böhm, Kleiber, and Abbado, this set will be mandatory listening for anyone who loves Schubert's symphonies, especially in Philips' crisp and colorful sound. © TiVo

Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.


Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.


Classical - Released January 1, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.