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|Mozart, Abbado, Bpo|
Symphonies 28, 29 & ,35
The musical world has not exactly been clamoring for another Mozart disc from Claudio Abbado. In fact, this isn't a composer for whom he has demonstrated any noticeable affinity over the course of his career, and these per... more »
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The musical world has not exactly been clamoring for another Mozart disc from Claudio Abbado. In fact, this isn't a composer for whom he has demonstrated any noticeable affinity over the course of his career, and these performances certainly won't change this estimation. They are sensible, well played, and totally dull. There was no reason whatsoever to make this recording, and there's even less reason for you to buy it. --David Hurwitz
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Luminous, energetic, and stylistically played Mozart
B. Fitch | Portland, OR | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to disagree with David Hurwitz's comment that these performances are "totally dull" and that there "was no reason whatsoever to make this recording..." This is one of the best modern-instruments recording of Mozart that I've ever heard. There's energy, charm, exquisite musicianship, and luminosity, but without anti-stylistically romantic idioms. If you happen not to be familiar with the "middle period" symphonies 28 and 29, you'll be thrilled to discover them and to own this disc. The performance of the "Haffner" is great as well."
David Saemann | 03/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD was recorded early in Abbado's tenure in Berlin in 1990-1. The recording producer was the legendary Thomas Frost, best known as a producer for Ormandy and Horowitz. The sound engineering, apparently from Berlin's Philharmonie, is lovely--luscious in tone quality, beautifully balanced, and with an almost perfect dynamic range. As for the performances, it is clear that Abbado wasted no time in imprinting his personality on the orchestra. There is the most scrupulous attention to niceties of bowing, internal balances, and overall texture. The orchestra sounds great, even better than the Dresden Staatskapelle in Mozart under Sir Colin Davis. Perhaps the most invigorating performance is of No. 29, with a decisive tempo in the first movement and thrillingly brisk phrasing in the last. The Haffner is perhaps the least individual of these performances, but it still packs a wallop. If you want to hear Mozart executed by musicians to an inch of their lives, this is for you."