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Mozart: Ser­e­nade in E flat K375; Diver­ti­men­tos K240, K252, K253, K270 ★★★★

Linn Records CKD 479 In Oc­to­ber 1781, to im­press Joseph von Strack, a gen­tle­man of the em­peror’s bed­cham­ber, Mozart com­posed his Ser­e­nade in E flat for the de­li­ciously pun­gent com­bi­na­tion of two clar­inets, two horns and two bas­soons. And at 11pm on Oc­to­ber 31st, von Strack was treated to a sur­prise per­for­mance out­side his Vi­enna lodg­ings. There’s a brac­ing, full-on qual­ity in the Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra Wind Soloists’ new ac­count which sug­gests a con­stant aware­ness that wind mu­sic of this type was of­ten played in the open air. The four diver­ti­men­tos (orig­i­nally for a sex­tet with two oboes, here re­placed by clar­inets) are al­to­gether lighter but still have the spe­cial ap­peal that at­taches to Mozart’s wind writ­ing. See

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