MOZART: SYM­PHONIES 28, 33, 35, 38, 41

Orches­tra Mozart/Clau­dio Ab­bado

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Archiv Pro­duk­tion 477 7598 (2 CDs) Th­ese Mozart sym­phony per­for­mances were recorded at con­certs given in 2005 and 2006 by the Orches­tra Mozart, which played for the first time un­der Clau­dio Ab­bado in Bologna four years ago. The style is sur­pris­ingly soft-spo­ken, the colour­ing muted rather than bright. The cut­ting brass in­ter­jec­tions that have be­come so pop­u­lar in Mozart have lit­tle place in Ab­bado’s con­cep­tions. Some of the tem­pos are ex­traor­di­nar­ily brisk, but the play­ing is so light on its feet that the speeds seem hardly to stress the play­ers, and the in­ter­nal trans­parency of the mu­sic-mak­ing is of­ten more akin to the world of cham­ber mu­sic than that of orches­tras even on an 18th-cen­tury scale. Al­most any­one else’s Mozart will prob­a­bly sound a lit­tle un­couth af­ter this.

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