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Flute Concertos / Symphony 41: Jupiter

W.A. Mozart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00070EBE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro Aperto
2. II. Andante Ma Non Troppo
3. III. Allegro
4. I. Allegro Maestoso
5. II. Adagio Non Troppo
6. III. Rondo: Tempo Di Menuetto
7. I. Allegro Vivace
8. II. Andante Cantabile
9. III. Menuetto: Allegretto
10. IV. Molto Allegro

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Mozart notoriously disliked the flute; it's all the more remarkable therefore that he composed two such delightful concerti for the instrument. This CD covers them both, and Jacques Zoon, playing a "period" flute (a copy of an 18th-century instrument, pitched a half-tone lower than normal), offers up both virtuosity and charm, catching the wit of the outer movements (and playing his own, stunning, showy cadenzas) and the warmth of the central movements. His tone is bright without being shrill (and the recording is spectacularly clean and clear), his fast passage work impeccable, his legato song-like and smooth. The Boston Baroque, also, of course, a period instrument band, shine, with the strings never giving way to a hint of scratchiness--always a danger in "historically informed performances." The concerti are followed by Mozart's final symphony, a jubilant work with more mass than most of his symphonies. From the opening, brief motif, which is repeated a moment later after a descending "sigh," it's clear that Maestro Pearlman will not be playing the work daintily. But neither does he overemphasize the work's percussion and brass; indeed this is a superbly balanced reading of this glorious work. The second movement unfolds with elegance and the Menuetto, well, actually swings lyrically. The famous finale, in which five different motifs introduced within the first six or so minutes of the movement meet and exult in a contrapuntal frenzy that is as entertaining as it is complex, is spotlessly played and articulated. This CD is a wonderful hour-and-17 minutes of music. --Robert Levine

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly zesty and delightful August 21, 2013
Taken on its own, this is a delightful, zesty treat, the Boston Baroque playing on period instruments without sounding edgy, and flutist Jacques Zoon handling the Flute Concertos in D major (K. 314) and G major (K. 313) with considerable aplomb. It's only when you compare the music making to other recordings of a kind that you may notice any minor, subjective shortcomings.

Starting with the Flute Concertos, I compared K. 313 to Jean-Pierre Rampal's 1966 recording with members of the Vienna Symphony on modern instruments (Erato). Here, three differences popped out at me. First, Rampal's playing seems slightly sweeter, more delicate, more nuanced, and more poetic than Zoon's, whose work is, nevertheless, quite fetching. Still, I preferred Rampal. Second, the Telarc recording with Boston Baroque sounds much faster paced, as we might expect from a period-instruments group, although the Boston players handle it in stride. While this makes for a more-thrilling ride than Rampal's version, it's not quite so graceful. And, third, the Telarc sonics (recorded in Mechanics Hall, 2004) appear somewhat warmer and softer than the older Vienna recording. However, this can actually be a benefit to the period-instruments sound, so the choice here may be a toss-up. Overall, though, on two of the three counts I slightly preferred Rampal's rendition.

In the accompanying "Jupiter" Symphony, the comparisons I used were those of two period-instruments groups, one of the earliest of its kind, from the Collegium Aureum (RCA), and a more-recent one from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi). In these comparisons, I noticed the same quick tempos from Boston Baroque and the same thicker, warmer sound. Yet here it was harder to determine a clear preference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product December 27, 2012
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I was very pleased with this record. thank you for your great service and wonderful product. Will certainly buy other records like this.
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